Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Plow Operator Praised for Speedy, Potentially Life-Saving Work

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Plow Operator Praised for Speedy, Potentially Life-Saving Work

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Plow operator assists with rescue in B.C.

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - A snowplow operator in southeastern British Columbia is being praised for his role in saving the life of an elderly man.

Vern Radloff rushed to assist first responders in Cranbrook to reach the 73-year-old who had fallen at his isolated home several days earlier, but had finally managed to reach a phone to call for help.

Radloff, a plow operator for the City of Cranbrook for nearly 30 years, says he couldn't believe what awaited him at the rural property.

He says about 25 centimetres of untouched snow blanketed the meandering, 2.5-kilometre driveway leading to the house where the injured man awaited rescue.

Within about 15 minutes Radloff had cleared a path for the ambulance and fire department, prompting an email to the city from an impressed fire chief, who says Radloff's speedy response was vital to the successful rescue. …

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