Detective Curt Andrick, a 20-year veteran of the Camden Police Department; firefighter Isaiah Backiel and Camden resident Deb Chapman were honored this month with a Maine Chiefs of Police Association "Life Saving Award" for actions they took Sept. 13, 2017, when a young man from Camden was severely injured in a bicycle accident.

Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne submitted the nomination for the award, presenting a detailed account of how Andrick, Bakiel and Chapman rushed to assist Adin Grey, after a bicycle crash drove the handlebar into his abdomen, severing a major artery and a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart.

The awards were announced Feb. 9 at the Maine Chiefs of Police Association annual banquet. Grey attended the banquet with his family and presented the awards himself to Andrick and Backiel. Chapman was not present at the dinner.

The last time the Camden Police Department received an MCPA award was decades ago. Gagne said this is the first time he has submitted a nomination to Maine Police Chiefs.

"It was very worthy," Gagne said Feb. 16. "It was a situation where a young man's life was saved by the quick action of a citizen, a police officer and a firefighter."

"Luck certainly was a factor," he said. "But recognizing the seriousness was what made the difference."

The accident occurred on Washington Street, in front of the Knox Mill Condominiums, across the street from the Public Safety Building. Grey was traveling downhill, when his bicycle chain popped off, and he lost control after hitting cobblestones.

Chapman, who witnessed the accident, saw Grey roll, bounce and land on the sidewalk remaining motionless, according to Gagne. She rushed to Grey's side and called across the street where Backiel and other firefighters were leading a fire station tour for a Cub Scout troop.

At the same time, Andrick was leaving the police station for the day, when he saw Grey's accident. He and Backiel ran across the street. Andrick said they immediately recognized the seriousness of the injury, seeing thick red blood, along with dark blood, seeping from a hole in Grey's side.

"While Andrick held firm pressure on the puncture wound, Backiel ran back to the fire station and procured a first aid pack from Engine 4. He advised Fire Chief Chris Farley of the situation and continued back to the scene," Gagne wrote.

Backiel took a large sterile dressing from the kit and placed it over the wound, and he and Andrick continued to apply direct pressure while waiting for the ambulance. Chapman had also parked her car to shield Grey from Washington Street traffic.

"North East Mobile Health Services was dispatched from their headquarters on Route 1 in Rockport. Upon arrival, Paramedic Melissa Bond and EMT Rick O'Malley knew immediately the situation was dire," according to Gagne.

So that Bond and O'Malley could stay in the back of the ambulance with Grey, Backiel took the wheel and drove to Pen Bay Medical Center, according to Farley. Farley recalls that when Backiel ran over to help Grey, the 19-year-old firefighter came back indicating he needed the first aid kit, not just bandages. Farley commends Backiel for his self-control and composure in an emergency, and recognizing the urgent need to help Grey.

After PBMC physicians stabilized Grey, he was flown by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where surgeons performed a life-saving four-hour trauma surgery.

"The surgeons were quick to credit the first responders, Detective Andrick, Firefighter Backiel and Ms. Chapman, for saving Adin's life," Gagne wrote.

Andrick said Feb. 16 that he was not expecting an award, and he was quick to mention that other officers and citizens received the life-saving award at the banquet. It was Andrick's first time attending the Maine Chiefs of Police Association banquet. During his past 20 years with the police department, he said he had used a defibrillator to help save a person's life. As a veteran officer, he has also had to respond to numerous calls where a person is deceased.

Backiel, 20, lives in Camden and works nearby at Lyman-Morse. He joined the Camden Fire Department in August 2016 as an on-call firefighter, and has served as a firefighter in Hope for six years.

Grey remains in recovery, and is currently working his way back into his eighth grade classes at Camden-Rockport Middle School.