JASON OGLESBEE – AMERICAN HERO

PIC OF THE YEAR:

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THIS SHOT HAS MY VOTE FOR A PULITZER

There are few things more inherently dangerous, more certain to kill you in this world, than hydraulic dams. As emergency service professionals, we are acutely aware of the dangers involved in these life or death situations. That’s because in the past rescuers  have lost their lives in exactly the same situations. LINK

So I tip my hat to Jason Oglesbee for his heroic rescue of a woman trapped by such a dam after her boat went over the falls. To illustrate the point, her companion drowned. It’s one thing to knowingly take risks you are trained for but something altogether different to put your life on the line in a gamble.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts and training we fail to save someone. We take that personally. In this case, initial efforts to get to the woman did fail. It was due to quick thinking construction workers who used a nearby crane that this woman is alive today. It takes a lot of skill to pull that off.

So remember that the next time you pass a construction site. Real heroes come from many different walks of life.

One Response to JASON OGLESBEE – AMERICAN HERO

  1. Ingineer66 says:

    Construction workers are generally good folks. On projects with big cranes one of the first things we go through is how to deal with injuries needing the crane to rescue them. On many of my jobs working over rivers they even had a stokes basket near the crane just in case.

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