Kris Larson: Efforts of rescuers gave man, family 3 extra weeks

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

A year ago on July 2, 2019, my husband, Steve Karpovich, left the ServiceNet Homeless Shelter where he had been director for 19 years and on his way home was in a terrible car crash in Leverett.

Our family wishes to express our deep gratitude to the police and fire departments who rescued him from his car and airlifted him to Baystate Medical Center. The following unselfish and courageous people gave our family three blessed weeks with Steve before he died on July 22 from his injuries:

The Leverett Police, The Sunderland Police, the Northampton State Police, the Leverett Fire Association, the Shutesbury Fire Association and the Amherst Ambulance Department.

Steve particularly mentioned two women who supported him while he was conscious in the car. Shelly Hicks, with the Leverett Fire Association, who was able to climb in through the top of the car and cut his seatbelt, along with reassuring him. Steve also told me of a woman who was first on the scene, coming to his car and providing calm comforting, which he felt kept him from moving into shock.

Our gratitude is beyond words to the police, firefighters and other professionals and individuals who saved his life while risking their own.

Kris Larson