A City of Cranbrook employee is being commended for helping emergency responders get to an elderly resident who was in distress for three days.
A 73 year old man fell last week and couldn’t reach the phone for roughly 72 hours.
The Fire Department responded Friday when they finally got the call but arrived to the rural residence unable to access it due to an unplowed private driveway.
In comes Vern Radloff.
Radloff, an operator who has worked for the City for nearly 30 years, jumped in a plow and rushed to help Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services.
He says when he first arrived to the address he couldn’t believe what the first reponders faced to enter the property.
Radloff describes about 10 inches of snow covering a meandering road that went back into the bush.
It’s estimated Radloff plowed 2.5 km of driveway to make way for emergency vehicles and did it in about 15 minutes.
However, Radloff simply states if emergency services need help, they go and help.
He recalls that’s always been the case for municipal staff, so he just went out there and did what he was asked so responders could get to the man.
The Fire Department says the patient was in poor condition by the time they finally got in the house and had they been much longer it may have been a different outcome.
Fire Chief Wayne Price said in an e-mail to the City he wanted to acknowledge Radloff for his assistance and point out how impressed his staff was of Radloff.
Price went on to write he believes it shows the quality of workers in Cranbrook’s Public Works department and its commitment to excellence service.
– Cranbrook operator Vern Radloff