MAI Presents Good Samaritan Award

by Kristie Cochrane

Each year we are pleased to sponsor the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) Good Samaritan Award, which is presented to an individual who works in the trucking industry and has performed an act of charity and/or provided assistance to person/s in need or in despair, while on the job. This year’s recipient of the Good Samaritan Award was presented to Fred Sears Sr. of Midland Transport Limited for coming to the aid of young woman following a car accident.

During the awards ceremony those in attendance heard Fred’s amazing story which lead to this deserving award recognition – the following is a recap of the tale of one very Good Samaritan.

In the wee hours of a very stormy Saturday morning, somewhere between the westbound and eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, Fred and Lisa’s paths crossed. The young woman was making the 40-minute ride back to Moncton before a predicted blizzard hit the region. It was just starting to snow when she left Amherst, but in no time the Trans-Canada Highway was covered and she lost control of her car.

Her vehicle slid across the westbound lanes, went over a steep embankment and rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof at the bottom of the hill. She suffered a number of injuries which prevented her from exiting the car, so she sat helplessly flashing the headlights, and blowing the car horn in hopes of attracting attention from passing drivers.

About half an hour passed before help arrived. Fred, who has been driving tractor trailers for as long as 21-year-old Lisa has been alive, was driving his tractor unit on a short trip to his home in Sackville, when he noticed lights flashing in the distance.

At first Fred passed by, thinking Lisa’s light show was a snowmobile, but thought he better go back and check because something didn’t look quite right. He quickly realized his instincts were correct. Fred heard Lisa’s car horn over the wind and made his way through the snow, calling out as he approached her vehicle.

Fred was able to safely pull Lisa from her car and help her to her feet. He then provided her with his cell phone so that she could call her parents and assisted her in making arrangements to be picked up. In all, Fred spent about two hours with Lisa, keeping her calm and taking her mind off what had happened.

We were delighted to present Fred with this award in recognition of his heroic actions which potentially saved this young woman’s life! Congratulations Fred!