Five Scugog women braved the winter conditions Saturday night to personally thank five young men who dug their vehicle out of a snow bank two weeks ago.
The ceremony was held at the Scugog arena where DRP Staff Inspector Brian Fazackerley presented the five members of the East Gwillimbury Eagles hockey team with certificates of commendation.
It was two weeks ago to the day that the team was heading home through blizzard conditions following a game against Port Perry. Their vehicle collided with a deer and they waited on the side of the road for police. As the responding officer approached the scene, he noticed an eastbound vehicle swerve to avoid the deer and land on its roof in the ditch.
The officer ran to the vehicle to help the occupants and was quickly joined by the five 19-year-old hockey players. They began digging the occupants out as the vehicle’s windows were buried. They removed three elderly females and placed them in the back of the cruiser to keep warm. The driver was then removed and fire officials arrived soon after and removed the final passenger. The driver and front passenger were taken to hospital and later released.
The ladies, ranging in age from 68-89, were all on hand for the ceremony. Mary Lou was a passenger in the car that night and says she’s grateful they were able to come to the arena to thank the young men in person as everything happened so quickly that Saturday night. She says the ladies, who were heading home from their regular Euchre game that night, are all doing fine despite the serious collision.
Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier and responding members of the Scugog Fire Department and EMS were also on hand for the ceremony. Mayor Mercier congratulated the young men for going out of their way to assist members of our community.
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Members Of The Team Pose With The Ladies They Assisted (JPG file, 100.1K bytes)