Second time's the calm

Second time's the calm

SINGAPORE - He had handled a similar gruesome crisis before, but he never expected it to happen again so soon.

Last October, firefighter Deddy Irawan Mohamad Pua'ad, 22, helped rescue a Chinese national whose hand was trapped in a grinding machine.

Yesterday, the full-time national serviceman led a team to rescue a woman whose right hand was caught in a meat grinder at the FoodXchange@Admiralty.

His first thoughts were to prepare the same equipment he used in the previous incident, including what is called a grinder.

This time round, it was less traumatic.

His colleague, Sergeant Khairul Anwar, 27, had managed to detach part of the meat grinder.

This allowed Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers to shift the worker to the ambulance with her hand still in the grinder.

Sgt Khairul Anwar asked one of her co-workers to place what seemed to be three severed fingers inside an ice bag.

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