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Local plow drivers honored for lifesaving snow storm work

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As you probably know it was the all time snowiest winter on record for the Toledo area. Two local men were honored Friday for their work in one of the worst storms of the season.

The Ohio Department of Transportation plow drivers cleared a path for an ambulance. They both say that storm was just another day at the office but some others have a much different take on what they did.

A patient was originally going to be airlifted from Defiance to Toledo Hospital but the helicopter was grounded because of the weather, so they set out in an ambulance. In the middle of the trip the driver realized he couldn't go any further in the storm and it was a matter of life and death.

Clearing the roads is just part of the job for ODOT workers but a strong system that moved through the region in early January dumped more a foot of snow in a two day stretch making the work a lot more challenging. Theresa Pollick of ODOT says the storm showcased the employees, "When you are dealing with a storm like that you realize just how important the work we do is and just how important all our drivers are."

Clearing the roads in that storm was obviously an around the clock job. Nick Proudfoot was one of the drivers out in the storm, "The wind was shutting the roads right behind us as we were going along and just trying to keep up." Nick Miller was plowing in tandem with Proudfoot,"The snow had stopped but the wind was blowing so the drifts were extremely large and it was somewhat hard to even find the roadway."

Miller says he and Proudfoot got a call to help clear a path for the ambulance heading from Defiance into Toledo with a critical patient on board, "My front plow is 12 feet wide and my wing plow 8 feet wide and I had them both down pushing a lot of snow out of the way. That ambulance may not have reached its destination if we had not escorted them."

Michael Fox is a paramedic who was on board the ambulance and quickly realized they were in trouble near Napoleon, "We were seeing semis stuck in the westbound lanes of US24. Even with our new trucks that have a specialized chain system, we knew we'd get stuck too."

ProMedica honored the men today for their work, "I don't feel we did anything anyone else in this garage wouldn't have done. I am glad we could help but I don't think we've done out of the ordinary." A lot of other people do think they did something extraordinary. Both men were given certificates of appreciation by ProMedica.  Pollick says this is just one example of the incredible work the Department's drivers do on a regular basis around the state.

 

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