McColl’s driver’s heroic act recog­nised

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Brett Hood, from Moama, New South Wales, has be­come the fourth 2018 re­cip­i­ent of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ATA) Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian hon­our af­ter sav­ing a woman’s life through his prompt re­sponse at a crash site in midOc­to­ber last year.

The McColl’s Trans­port driver was on a de­liv­ery to Bris­bane when he found a man prone by the side of the road out­side of Warwick.

Hood stopped to as­sist to dis­cover the man had lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle, end­ing up over an em­bank­ment and in­jur­ing both oc­cu­pants.

Hood im­me­di­ately alerted emer­gency ser­vices and tended to the man’s girl­friend who was still trapped in the ve­hi­cle, ap­ply­ing pres­sure to a se­vere lac­er­a­tion on her leg in a bid to pre­vent blood loss be­fore the am­bu­lance ar­rived. She was sub­se­quently air­lifted to hos­pi­tal.

Emer­gency ser­vices praised Hood’s ef­forts and be­lieve the ac­ci­dent would have been a fa­tal­ity with­out his in­ter­ven­tion.

He was nom­i­nated for the Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian Award by McColl’s Trans­port na­tional work health and safety man­ager Joe Bo­ras, who de­scribed Hood as a model team mem­ber.

“Brett is an as­set to our com­pany. Our work re­quires flex­i­bil­ity of us all, due to changes in cus­tomers’ re­quire­ments that oc­cur in the dairy in­dus­try, but Brett is one of those driv­ers that is happy to do any job any­time,” Bo­ras says.

ATA chair­man Ge­off Crouch says Hood’s ac­tions were well be­yond a truck driv­ers’ call of duty.

“Brett Hood dis­played all the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a true hero. He was self­less in the way he came to the aid of the cou­ple and saved the life of this woman. There is no doubt he de­serves the ti­tle of Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian,” Crouch says.

“It is sto­ries like Mr Hood’s that demon­strate the im­por­tance of first aid train­ing and is an­other ex­am­ple of how the Aus­tralian truck­ing in­dus­try steps up in times of need.”

Award spon­sor Bridge­stone Aus­tralia and New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stephen Roche also com­mended Hood.

“We take great pride in join­ing with the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion in recog­nis­ing in­cred­i­ble peo­ple such as Brett Hood. The Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian award is our way of recog­nis­ing his prompt, life­sav­ing ac­tions,” Roche says.

“Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardians are a true as­set to the truck­ing com­mu­nity and de­serve to be praised for the way they re­spond to ad­ver­sity.”

Bridge­stone Bandag High­way Guardian award re­cip­i­ent Brett Hood

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