A routine swearing-in ceremony for seven Medford firefighters turned into a real-life medical call when a recruit and a man in the audience nearly collapsed within moments of each other.
Medford Fire Department Chief Frank A. Gilliberti Jr. was instructing the seven inductees that they should treat every day like a training day, when one recruit nearly fainted and had to sit down.
A moment later, a man who appeared to be in his 50s and was among a small crowd of family members who came to witness the ceremony nearly lost consciousness.
Firefighters and EMTs arrived and began assisting the man.
The faint recruit, who recovered in a few moments from the dizzy spell, aided the older man, who required oxygen and a precautionary trip to an area hospital.
While emergency personnel tended to them, Mayor Michael McGlynn gave an improvised history lesson and tour of City Hall.
"I give these all the time, for the kids," said the mayor, before explaining the origins of a pastel-colored portrait.
The man in the audience, who was not identified, was conscious and alert, but was removed from the mayor's office in a wheelchair. When the commotion subsided, city clerk Ed Finn swore in the class of six men and one woman.
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