DA Early Honors Clinton Firefighter for Saving a Life

January 26, 2021

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran (508) 368-7252 or (774) 670-8811

CLINTON– Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. today honored a Clinton firefighter for his quick actions off duty to save a life.

Capt. Jason Burton, who provided life-saving CPR to a man in distress, was presented with the District Attorney’s Team Excellence and Merit — TEAM — Award, which recognizes outstanding service by those in public safety.

“No matter the time of day, on or off duty, the Captain’s willingness to put others first truly speaks to his character.” Mr. Early said. “He saw a community member in need and did everything within his power to help.”

On November 9, while off duty, Capt. Burton heard his neighbor frantically knocking at the door. The neighbor’s 60-year-old husband had stopped breathing. Capt. Burton jumped into action.

Upon entering the house, Capt. Burton found the man unresponsive and began preforming life-saving CPR. His actions provided vital time before an ambulance arrived. The man made a full recovery and was able to return home for the holidays, thanks to Capt. Burton’s heroic efforts.

Mr. Early created the TEAM Award in 2019 to recognize public safety employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Contact the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 755-8601 to nominate someone for this award.