Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Another Smoking Related Death

What a tragedy.

Heroic efforts of YPD Officer Marc Thibeault acknowledged during Tuesday news conference

WEST YARMOUTH - A press conference was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Yarmouth Police Department to acknowledge the heroic efforts of canine officer Marc Thibeault.

46-year-old Sharon Wetherbee is still in critical condition after being pulled from her burning home by Officer Thibeault early Tuesday morning.

After being stabilized at Cape Cod Hospital Wetherbee was flown by Medflight to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Wetherbee is being treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation.

The Canine Officer who pulled her from her burning house on Bradford Road, Marc Thibeault, was treated for smoke inhalation at Cape Cod Hospital and released. According to the Yarmouth Police Department, another police officer and firefighter were also treated and released.

According to investigators from the Yarmouth Police and Fire Deparments, careless disposal of the contents of an ashtray is believed to be the cause of the fire.

During the news conference, Yarmouth Fire Chief C. Randall Sherman described the fire conditions and praised Officer Thibeault. He then answered questions from the local media, and most of the Boston news outlets also present.

UPDATE: Sharon Wetherbee was pronounced dead Tuesday evening

Full story here


  1. I was absolutely paranoid about stuff like this back when I still "smoked 'em if I had 'em." With good reason, too.

    There but for the grace of God...

  2. So very sad and so very stupid!