On Sunday, March 28, Bantam Fire and Ambulance rushed to Mount Tom Pond on Route 202 after a report of a man floating in the water.

According to police, within minutes Bantam Car 3 arrived and took command of the situation where they found an individual floating approximately 15 feet from the shoreline. In the span of 10 minutes, Bantam rescue personnel which included an ambulance, Rescue 38, Utility 32, and Marine 2, all responded with 23 personnel.

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Wearing cold water suits, Rescue 38's crew retrieved the victim from the pond who was rushed to Hungerford Hospital but was unresponsive and pronounced deceased. The cause of death has not yet been determined, and the Connecticut State Police - Troop L in Litchfield has launched an investigation.

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This gives me the chance to give a shout-out to our first responders,
who are trained to deal with a wide array of potential medical emergencies. Because of the high level of stress and uncertainty associated with the position, first responders need to pay careful attention to their physical and mental health.

Even with such preparation, first responders face unique risks of being the first people to aid those in life-threatening situations or with unknown contagions. The spouses and families of first responders experience their own kind of disquiet, as they understand the cost of sending their loved ones out the door to whatever may come their way.

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