Washington, DC (PressExposure) September 07, 2009 -- The Towing and Recovery Association of America, in conjunction with its ongoing effort to improve the image of towers and the towing industry to the general public, would like to acknowledge the recent efforts of a towing operator in Branford, Connecticut.
At about 1pm on July 30, 2009, Michael MacDonough, 31, of R J Shore Automotive was under a truck at the shop and heard a big crash. He jumped up to find that a car driven by Robert Mattson, 55, of Branford, had struck an oncoming Branford Public Works truck, careened off the right side of the road, and slammed into an unoccupied tow truck and car in the Shore Automotive lot. Mike and his boss ran over to the driverâs door and Mike opened it to find Mr. Mattson with a seatbelt digging into his bleeding neck.
âThere was blood all over the place but he was still talking. He was saying, âWhat did I do?â and I was saying, âDonât worry about that stuff,ââ says Mike, who could see the bleeding gash in Mattsonâs neck needed pressure applied. âI took the seatbelt out of his neck and got someone to bring me a fender coverâitâs like T-shirt material. I put that on his neck and held the back of his head and his neck,â says Mike. âI was watching him the whole time because you see on TV they can go into shock, so I was waiting to see whatâs next.â
Mike kept applying pressure and talking to Mattson until an EMT crew arrived. He was later told Mattson could easily have bled to death if Mike hadnât taken action.
âThey got there just in timeâ¦he started turning gray,â says Mike.
Mattson was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital and survived the accident. Mikeâs feat was made a bit more significant when he later learned July 30 was also Mattsonâs birthday. A man who said he was Mattsonâs brother stopped by Shore Automotive later that day to tell Mikeâs boss, Jim Bruneau, that Mattson had made it, albeit with major injuries.
âI see a lot of accidents where itâs just amazing that people survive. I see a lot of blood; [it] kind of puts a knot in your stomach for the rest of the day,â says Mike. âThe day of the accident, the fire chief and the chief of police told me if I didnât do that, he wouldnât have made it.â
The full story can be found at: http://zip06.theday.com/blogs/the_sound/archive/2009/08/14/a-hero-on-the-job-tow-truck-operator-saves-a-life.aspx
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