Jim Romansky waited 20 years before telling anyone that he was face-to-face with a UFO that crashed in the woods outside Kecksburg on Dec. 9, 1965.
“I didn't want to be a candidate for the hospital down the road,” said Romansky, 69, of Derry, a retired machinist who at 18, was one of the first firefighters on the scene.
Romansky was a volunteer firefighter in Lloydsville when the siren went off that cold, wet night in December. He took off running the 200 yards from his house to the fire hall and jumped on a truck that was headed out.
“We have a call at Kecksburg,” he was told. “Downed aircraft, somewhere on the ridge.”
Once there, his crew joined firefighters from a number of other companies who divided into teams to begin the search for survivors.
“I expected to see a smashed-up airplane or wings,” he said. “There was nothing like that, I saw this huge piece of metal. There was no crater, it plowed right into the ground and left a trail.”
The metal object, large enough for a man to stand in, had no windows or doors and included what Romansky described as hieroglyphics on the side.
“I'm looking at it, what the heck is it? This is no airplane,” said Romansky, who got a few feet from the object but did not touch it.
As about 8 or 9 firefighters looked it over, two men in trench coats, one carrying a square box, came over the hill.
“You're ordered out of the area,” one of the men said. “It is quarantined.” [...]
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