A high school student fell down 200 feet of mountain during a school trip in Switzerland. Luckily for him the chaperone to the trip was a Middleboro fire chief, Lance Benjamino, who quickly scaled the area and rescued the teenager.
In the process of the rescue, the chief took a fall himself. He lost his footing and slid down 75 to 100 feet.
When he arrived at the student, he was lucky to find him conscious and alert.
There was a major language barrier that the guides had to traverse, as they only spoke German or Italian, so they struggled to get instructions from the chief to get the rescue organized.
When asked about his brave actions, Chief Benjamino said, “If that was my son I would want somebody down there with him as well.”
He knew there was no time to waste in such a dangerous situation and it was his brave actions that made sure that boy is still alive today.
“All I kept thinking about was it that was my son I would want somebody down there with him as well,” Chief Lance Benjamino said. The Whitman-Hanson Regional High School students on the trip were on a mountainside in Lucerne, Switzerland when the boy fell. “We couldn’t hear him or see him over the edge,” Benjamino said. Benjamino knew there wasn’t any time to waste. He and a tour guide made their way down, while mountain employees organized the rescue equipment the chief asked for.
“When I traversed down the mountain I started to lose my footing as well and I slid about 75 to a hundred feet and then I climbed, realistically I crawled down the mountain to find the student who thankfully was conscious and alert. He was banged up pretty bad.” Benjamino said.