Updated: 03/02/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 03/02/2014 5:53 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
It can be easy to complain about plow drivers ruining shovel efforts or burying a car in a pile of snow, but a Foxboro man owes his life to the quick response of a Douglas County plow operator.
A snowstorm dumped over a foot of snow on the Twin Ports on the morning of February 21, and that stopped almost everything on the roads including an ambulance south of Superior.
“It was blizzard conditions basically. Fourteen inches that we had measured that morning. Roads were impassable. You had to have four-wheel drive pickups to get anywhere,” Darryl Fiegle said.
The Town of Superior Fire Chief said every second counted as he and emergency medical technicians responded to a patient with chest pains living off County Road B about 8 miles south of Superior.
At 2 a.m. the road had not been touched since the snow started flying hours earlier so Fiegle called in a plow to clear a path. Craig Plummer got there in minutes.
“I saw the ambulance sitting there so I didn't stop I just went around the corner and kept going and they all followed me in there,” Craig Plummer said.
The Douglas County equipment operator wasted no time, and the quick response saved the man suffering from heart problems according to Fiegle.
“Having Mr. Plummer show up with his plow truck at that time saved the patient by getting him into the ambulance and getting that ambulance to the hospital,” Fiegle said.
Plummer said it was not an easy task given the conditions that morning.
“No, I don't think the ambulance would have made it back there,” Plummer said. “It was pretty tough going to push that snow. It was hard work on the truck because there was a lot of snow and drifts in the way.”
He said the extraordinary call was a far cry from his normal routine.
“Out on the road with the traffic they don't really like us in the way so this day felt a lot better knowing you're out there and helped somebody along and got them to the hospital,” Plummer said.
Fiegle said the patient is doing well thanks to Plummer, but the plow driver was not looking for recognition. He is too humble for that.
“I was just doing my job and I was glad I was there to help,” Plummer said.
Plummer said he was ready to respond at 2 a.m. that morning because he got to work an hour early. It was the first medical call he had responded to in 14 years on the job.
Sky High: Northlanders Blast Off on New Flyboard
Here in the Northland, we're used to lakes, but a new toy is changing how we enjoy the water. The flyboard is making its Twin Ports debut. It's a water jet pack on a board that is hooked up to a jet ski. The water launches you up to 55 feet in the air.
35 Searching for Missing Employee at Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Authorities are searching the grounds of the Soudan Underground Mine State Park for a 76-year-old woman last seen around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Captain Tom Crossmon, with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, says the search began around 7:15 p.m. when the employee of the park failed to clock out for the day.
One Killed in Douglas County Two-Vehicle Crash
A two-vehicle collision in Douglas County turned fatal Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement on the scene confirmed with Eyewitness News that at least one person was killed.
Democrats Vying for Wisconsin's 25th Senate District Talk Mining
Mining is a top issue in northern Wisconsin's legislative races, and a formal debate Wednesday night was no exception. Three democrats vying for the 25th Senate District seat explained their views during a public debate at the Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.
Scannell Testifies in His Own Criminal Sexual Misconduct Trial
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell took the witness stand today for what was an emotional testimony from the man charged with two accounts of 4th degree criminal sexual misconduct for a relationship he allegedly had with a 17-year old girl in August 2012.