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    Easton woman to thank firefighters who rescued her from a fallen tree during nor’easter

    An Easton woman who suffered serious leg injuries after a tree collapsed on her during the March 2 storm is planning to visit the Easton Fire Department Tuesday morning to thank those who helped her out, officials said.

    Kathy Steiger, the executive director of the Easton Housing Authority, was driving home from work during the first nor’easter last month when a pine tree snapped and toppled down on her car, she said.

    “The branch came through the passenger-side windshield, and then it went through the upper part of my thigh and came out the other side,” she said. “It was probably about a 3-inch thick branch ... They had to saw the branch off to try and get me out of the car.”

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    The tree also took down about six power lines in the area, she said.

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    First responders rushed Steiger to a level one trauma center in Providence, R.I., where she underwent three surgeries and recuperated for a couple weeks.

    She has since been brought back home, and recently began physical therapy, which has helped her start to walk on her own again without crutches or a walker, she said.

    “I wanted to personally thank [the firefighters], because it was pretty horrific. It was terrifying,” she said. “The first responders are just tremendous.”

    Steiger is scheduled to stop by Station 1 at 48 Lothrop St. at 9 a.m. to meet with those who rescued her, according to a statement from the Easton Fire Department.

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    “While these firefighters were simply doing their jobs by responding to a person in need, I am glad they’ll have a chance to hear how much their efforts meant to her,” Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said in the statement.

    Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.