Heroes pulled me from burn­ing mo­tor home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

MY wife, grand­son and I were in our mo­torhome head­ing to He­cla Is­land for a few days of camp­ing and fish­ing. We were trav­el­ling north on Stur­geon Road near Inkster Boule­vard. I no­ticed a ve­hi­cle com­ing to­wards us that had crossed over the cen­tre line and was now crowd­ing our lane.

I slowed down hop­ing the other driver would swerve back to the proper lane. On my right were deep and steep ditches, def­i­nitely not a place for a mo­torhome to seek refuge, due to the fact it could roll and would flat­ten, prob­a­bly killing ev­ery­one in­side.

I chose to keep to the right, well on the gravel shoul­der, while ap­ply­ing the brakes and hang­ing on to the steer­ing wheel for dear life. The other ve­hi­cle struck my mo­torhome head on.

I was knocked un­con­scious. The rest of the story comes from my wife, Diana, grand­son Ri­ley, and two strangers who are the heroes of this en­counter whom I have yet to meet face to face.

One of th­ese guys was also trav­el­ling south on Stur­geon but did not ar- rive on scene un­til a cou­ple of min­utes af­ter the ac­ci­dent. As he ap­proached, he no­ticed a fire un­der the front of my ve­hi­cle and a lot of peo­ple stand­ing around but only one in­di­vid­ual do­ing any­thing to help my fam­ily.

He as­sisted with my wife and grand­son, who were re­moved through the side door. He and the other res­cuer learned from my wife that I was still in the cab of the mo­torhome. The driver’s door was im­pos­si­ble to open. Us­ing brute strength, both gen­tle­men man­aged to open the pas­sen­ger door. Due to the an­gle of the shoul­der of the road and the height of the pas­sen­ger seat it was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for them.

One of the guys en­tered the side door and made his way to the cab through chok­ing black smoke. He man­aged to un­fas­ten my seat­belt and while flames were com­ing from un­der the dash­board, he was able to as­sist the sec­ond guy with get­ting me out­side. They dragged me safely away from the burn­ing ve­hi­cle while by­standers watched from a safe dis­tance.

Within two min­utes, the in­te­rior was en­gulfed in flames.

My fam­ily is ex­tremely grate­ful to th­ese gen­tle­men. They de­serve spe­cial recog­ni­tion for their hero­ism, but we are un­able to find any­one who is able to point us in the right di­rec­tion. Th­ese guys are truly heroes.

We would also like to ac­knowl­edge and thank the nurse who ar­rived on the scene and ad­dressed our in­juries un­til the am­bu­lances ar­rived.

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