Updated Nov. 23
An Oak Bluffs firefighter was seriously injured Saturday while preparing for the funeral procession of Allan (“Buddy”) deBettencourt Sr., Oak Bluffs Public Safety Director Erik Blake said. The name of the firefighter wasn’t originally released, but Blake said Monday it was firefighter Kevin Brennan.
“He was on top of the ladder truck,” Blake said. “He was trying to get down, and lost his footing.”
The firefighter struck a metal stanchion, and then the pavement, he said. He was airlifted off the Island shortly after. The Edgartown ladder truck and the Oak Bluffs ladder truck were rigging to form a flag arch for the procession to pass under.
In addition to being a firefighter, Brennan is property manager for Martha’s Vineyard Airport.
“We are all very concerned and wishing him the best,” Martha’s Vineyard Airport Director Geoff Freeman said. “He’s a good friend and coworker.” Freeman said he hopes Brennan gets “100 percent better.” He praised the emergency medical personnel and firefighters who attended to him “immediately.”
Blake said Brennan’s condition was “improving,” but he’s “still in serious condition.”
Updated with the name of the injured firefighter and comments from the airport director.