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Franklin County Firefighter Helps Find Missing Teen In Maine

Sugarloaf Police LightsSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A western Mass. firefighter helped locate a missing skier at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine.

Warwick Fire Captain Joseph Paul found missing Medford teen Nicholas Joy Tuesday morning while out on his snowmobile.

“When I found out it was him I said you have a lot of people looking for ya and he says ya I know I’ve been in here a couple of days,” said Paul.

Paul is spending the week camping in Maine. Tuesday morning he saw on the news that the teen was missing and decided to help. He knows the ski area and has snowmobiled there since he was a kid.

Paul was out for about an hour and a half before he came across Joy.

“I had some peanuts and crackers and stuff on my snowmobile so I gave him those cause he hadn’t have anything to eat,” said Paul.

The two were met by an ambulance at the end of the trail.

He was happy to be in the right place at the right time.

“You did something, helped you know. It’s one of the greatest things. That’s why I like being a firefighter,” said Paul.

Nicholas Joy went missing Sunday afternoon after leaving his dad on the mountain.

Joy told Paul he build a shelter and found water from a stream to stay alive. Two things he learned from a survival TV show. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Blandford Ski Patrol Director Russ Sweeny says people should avoid skiing alone.

“Make sure you both get out, someone falls and gets hurt someone can go get help. It does happen,” said Sweeny.

The ski area is prepared if you go off the path and get lost.

“All my patrol staff carry whistles, so we can whistle, holler. We’ll bring in State Police, the helicopter they have dogs, the fire department can help search,” said Sweeny.

The Ski Patrol makes sure the trails are clear each night before shutting down.

If you hit the slopes don’t forget your cell phone and grab a trail map so you know exactly where you are on the property.

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