At the June 24 District of Sooke Council Meeting, Mayor Wendal Milne and Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen will be recognizing two local residents for their heroic actions in saving lives during a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred on November 22, 2012.
Off duty Sooke volunteer firefighter Tom Warran and resident Brian Ruddick were on their way home from work when two vehicles collided head on in the 5200 block of Sooke Road. Both drivers were trapped in their severely damaged vehicles and both vehicles had caught on fire as a result of the impacts. Using the fire extinguishers from Mr. Warran’s logging truck the fires were quickly extinguished and first aid was provided until the arrival of emergency rescue personnel.
“This was one of the most difficult extrications the Sooke Fire Rescue Service had ever attended,” commented Fire Chief Sorensen, ”It took over an hour to free one of the victims.”
Without the immediate life saving efforts of these two “Good Samaritans” it is highly unlikely that the two victims would have survived before arrival of emergency responders.
After many months of surgery and rehabilitation, the trapped driver of one of the vehicles will be on hand to take part in the presentations to the two heroes.