Four ODOT employees recognized as Highway Heroes
In early October, four Williams County highway technicians, Preston Thiel, Tyler Seaman, Charles "Chuck" Mason and Dalton Beck, were headed to a training when a car pulled out in front of them at the intersection of state Route 110 and county Road 7 in Henry County.
A vehicle carrying two young women proceeded into the intersection and collided with the oncoming ODOT truck, sending both vehicles into the ditch bank. It was evident that the women in the car were injured.
Maryann Reimund, a Liberty Center school bus driver and part time EMT, drove upon the scene and immediately called her boss when she realized something was wrong. As she approached the scene, she noticed one of the ladies sitting off to the side with head bandages that looked as if it was professionally done. She then made the connection that there was already an EMT on scene.
Highway technician, Dalton Beck, has nearly 4 years of EMS training and is currently a part time EMT for Montpelier Volunteer Fire Department.
Instincts kicked in, and Dalton attended to the driver of the vehicle. He stayed by her side reassuring her that everything was going to be okay, while holding C-spine on her until first responders could take over.
Preston gave aid to the passenger of the car who had an obvious head injury.
All the while, Tyler and Chuck did their part to clear debris from the road and direct traffic until further help arrived.
The efforts from these four men was said to be heroic. Despite all their fears, they followed their immediate natural instincts to help as much as possible.
McClure and Liberty Center Fire and Rescue award these men with a Highway Heroes award to honor their actions that day. “To see your guys in action, it was just something that we normally don’t see. So, we wanted to give them something that they will always remember, for their good deeds that were performed that day,” said Maryann Reimund,
Liberty Center Fire and EMS.
Pictured left to right: Preston Thiel, Dalton Beck, Justen Vocke (Henry County Sheriff's Department), Maryann Reimund (Liberty Center Fire and Rescue), Charles "Chuck" Mason, and Tyler Seaman