PLAINVILLE (CBS) – Flashing lights and blaring sirens pulled through Plainville Tuesday. But it isn’t your typical socially distant pandemic parade; this show was for one of their own.
“After coming home and seeing all the people, it was a little overwhelming. Open arms and a lot of love,” said Brett Bertram.READ MORE: WATCH: Drone Video Shows Endangered Right Whales 'Hugging' In Cape Cod Bay
EMT and firefighter Brett Bertram is finally home after a battle with COVID-19. The 23-year-old was intubated for nearly two weeks in Boston. The team at Brigham and Women’s saved his life. Brett had decided against an early vaccine as a first responder, not wanting to take one from a person who is sick or elderly. He thought he was doing the right thing.READ MORE: Mikayla Miller Death Investigation In Hopkinton Could Take 3 Months Or More, DA Says
“When you make the choice to be an EMT or firefighter you make the choice to put someone else’s life before yours,” he said.
But Brett can’t take care of others, if he’s not okay himself. This frightening experience has opened his eyes to the reality of COVID.MORE NEWS: Swan Boats Return To Boston Public Garden On Saturday
“It definitely is a real thing and it’s serious,” Brett said. “People should take it seriously. I almost died. Now that I’m out of the hospital I’m definitely going to take my chance to get my vaccine.”