The latest Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award has been praised for the compassion he showed to a woman who passed away at the scene of an accident.
Victorian truck driver Matthew Mitchell was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of the crash, which involved a ute and a small car, when he discovered the driver of one of the vehicles was seriously injured.
“I couldn’t be sure, but I felt like there was maybe something there, so I told her to just hang on, help’s coming,” Mr Mitchell said.
“The emergency services over the phone asked if we could get her out, but we couldn’t, so they told us to just lay her down. I was holding her head and telling her to wake up, squeeze my hand.”
Tragically, when the paramedics arrived they delivered the sad news – confirming she had passed away.
“I got out, walked away, and burst into tears,” Mr Mitchell said.
The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award honours the great community service performed by professional truck drivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those around them during the course of their normal work.