City lauds lifesaving efforts of three employees

Adam Urquhart DPW employee Anthony Bibbo (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action.

NASHUA – The city of Nashua recognized three Division of Public Works employees for their lifesaving efforts earlier this month.

The three employees, Phil Thibodeau, Eric Johnson and Anthony Bibbo, were on the job going about their trash route on New Searles Road on Oct. 14 When Thibodeau noticed smoke coming from a second-story window of a house at 19 New Searles Road.

The three then immediately pulled over, banged on the door and alerted a young woman who came to the door holding a kitten that there was a fire in the building.

The woman was unaware of the fire upon answering the door, and then notified her boyfriend. They both made it out of the house safely with the kitten and their dog.

Adam Urquhart DPW employee Phil Thibodeau (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action.

“If it weren’t for the these DPW employees’ actions, they may not have made it out in time,” said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess.

He recognized these three employees at Nashua Solid Waste Department at 840 W. Hollis St., during a 1 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday.

He described their actions as “speedy” and “thoughtful” with all three of them pulling over instantly to notify the occupants inside the home.

He said Nashua Fire was then able to respond and put the fire out in 14 minutes.

After Donchess presented each of the employees with a document recognizing their lifesaving efforts, DPW Director Lisa Fauteux addressed them.

Adam Urquhart DPW employee Eric Johnson (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action.

She described her employees’ work as “dangerous” and said, “You all make the job look effortless. I appreciate all of you.”