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.
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