MECO Engineering Company Hannibal Office personnel Brad Fohey and Alex Dunker were working in Howard County Wednesday September 25, 2013, planning the route for a new water transmission main for the Howard County Regional Water Commission’s water project.

Brad, a senior technician, and Alex, an engineer, were crossing a creek off of Highway 5, just north of County Road 303 when Alex discovered a truck lying on its side in the creek. When he went to investigate, Alex found a severely injured man trapped inside. Alex and Brad immediately called 911 and stayed with the victim until rescue teams arrived. Arriving on scene were the Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Howard County Fire Protection District.

As rescue squads used equipment to extricate the victim from the overturned vehicle, Alex and Brad cleared a path from the creek to the roadway, chopping trees and brush and removing debris. Once the victim was removed from the wreckage, the rescue team made their way out of the creek up to the highway and to the Staff for Life helicopter. The accident victim was transported to University of Missouri for emergency treatment.

The Howard County Fire Protection District and the Howard County Sheriff’s Department extend their gratitude and a huge thank you to Alex and Brad for their actions that day, starting with their call to 911. With the thick tree cover, the accident scene was not visible from the highway and the victim, 27 year old Russell Suggs of Fayette, had been trapped in the vehicle for several hours before being noticed by Alex. Without Alex and Brad’s assistance, the wreckage might have gone unnoticed. Without their assistance, a District Fireman said it would have been nearly impossible to remove Russell from the wreckage and get him safely up to the highway for air transport.

The MECO family is extremely proud of the actions taken by Alex and Brad that eventful day and we extend our heartfelt wishes to Russell for a speedy and full recovery.