Local emergency services personnel will be honored for their courageous response to fiery crash
On Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12 p.m., Parkview Whitley Hospital will be hosting a luncheon to honor some of the first responders who responded to the accident that occurred on US 30 just west of West Lincolnway on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The accident occurred when a tractor-trailer drove up the ramp of a car carrier, resting directly on top of the cab of the car carrier. The driver of the car carrier was trapped in the cab as both trucks caught fire.
In all, seventeen brave individuals - employees of Parkview Whitley EMS, the Columbia City Fire Department, Columbia City Police Department, Columbia Township Fire Department, Whitley County Health Department and Whitley County Sheriff's Department - will receive the Guardian Angel Award for the care and compassion they displayed during their response.
The Guardian Angel Award is an honor presented by the Parkview Whitley Foundation that gives individuals the ability to recognize those who provide exceptional care, while also making a donation to the Foundation in honor of their Guardian Angels. Funds raised through the Guardian Angel Award are used by the Foundation to continue support for excellent health care in the community.
Jim Greeson, Indiana State Fire Marshal, will present the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Medal of Valor to four individuals for their courageous actions on the day of the accident.
Lunch will be served and there recognition ceremony will be located in the lower level classrooms of Parkview Whitley Hospital. The ceremony will include a brief presentation describing the accident and the events of that day followed by the presentation of the awards.