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Greenwich Native Saves Little Boy Trapped In Ductwork

New Haven firefighter Jason Shuttleworth, a Greenwich native, made his first rescue by saving a little boy stuck in a furnace area.
New Haven firefighter Jason Shuttleworth, a Greenwich native, made his first rescue by saving a little boy stuck in a furnace area. Photo Credit: New Haven Fire Department

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich native Jason Shuttleworth started working as a rookie firefighter for the New Haven Fire Department four months ago. On Saturday, the man who spent hours hanging around the Greenwich Fire House with his firefighter father rescued a 4-year-old boy from ductwork in his basement, according to the New Haven Independent.

The little boy, Michael Purvis III, became trapped inside the ductwork in the basement of his home after removing a grate that blocked the ductwork to the furnace, the New Haven Independent reported.

His mother could hear him screaming, but she couldn't reach him. That's when the fire department came to the rescue and Shuttleworth, after a lot of work, was able to rescue the boy from the two-foot hole he was stuck in, said the New Haven Independent.

Shuttleworth told the New Haven Independent that he had to stop and think that, yes, this was his first rescue, it happened, said the New Haven Independent.

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