Barriere resident Tom Fennell, might have thought it was “just another day on the job” when he took the Argo plow truck out on the Yellowhead Highway the night of Feb. 21; but it was anything but.
In fact, Tom’s actions that night to assist those involved in a highway accident, so impressed BC Ambulance Paramedic Tim Hoffman, that he took his thanks one step further by applying for special recognition for Fennell’s help at the scene that Hoffman and Kevin McNab were attending.
On July 6, paramedics with area BC Ambulance met at the Argo Road Maintenace depot in Barriere to present Fennell with an award.
Paramedics made the presentation, reading from a letter of commendation signed by Tim Hoffman.
“On behalf of BC Ambulance Service, I want to commend you for helping to assist a family involved in a vehicle accident on Highway #5 on February 21, 2012. Your assistance to the parents and three children at the bottom of a steep embankment during a snow storm was greatly appreciated by the family and our paramedics. Even with the best trained paramedics working diligently to meet the fastest response times, it is the timely and conscientious actions of citizens like you, that can be a critical factor in a patient’s outcome during a medical emergency. We salute your humanitarian actions with the presentation of our Good Samaritan Award.”
Fennell received an inscribed plaque and hearty thanks from paramedics, with congratulations from Argo area manager and crew.
It was noted that although Hoffman was unable to attend the presentation he had said, “We were really impressed with Tom, and how many times he went down the embankment to bring up three kids and two adults to the paramedics.”
Tom responded, “I just did it; I couldn’t wait for a rope.”
Paramedic Aimee Campbell, then thanked all on the Argo crews on behalf of BC Ambulance saying, “On behalf of the ambulance crews who go up and down the highways all of the time, you guys keep us safe; thank you!”