A Cranbrook snowplow driver says he was just doing his job when he helped emergency responders get to an elderly resident stranded 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 responders 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 in just 15 minutes to make way for first responders.
However, Radloff simply suggests if emergency services need help, they go and help.
Fire Chief Wayne Price commended Radloff and the Public Works staff at City Council’s meeting Monday night.
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.
Price adds he believes the actions show the quality of the employees working for the municipality and their commitment to excellence service.
– Cranbrook operator Vern Radloff