Looking out for others in the community
Ian Napier, Maintenance Fitter at Lake MacLeod, went above and beyond the call of duty recently by helping an elderly man involved in a motorbike accident on the North West Coastal Hwy.
The gentleman was out riding his vintage motorcycle with two other motorbike enthusiasts when he was struck by an emu. Ian noticed the incident through his rear vision mirror and immediately stopped to assist.
Ian was in his work vehicle, so was able to activate his hazard and beacon lights and position the vehicle across the road to provide safety for the rider from the oncoming traffic. Ian then asked a bystander to take his vehicle to the other end of the accident scene and act as a traffic control mechanism.
The man's leg was severely broken and Ian assisted him off his bike on to the roadside and an ambulance and the police were called.
Ian stayed at the scene, providing support to the injured man, until the police and ambulance arrived.
He reflected later that the most disappointed aspect of the event was other road users' inability to slow down at the scene. It's a timely reminder to all of us to take special care on the roads. If you come across an accident that is under control, with people already on hand to assist, pass by very slowly for the safety of everyone.
A big thank you to Ian Napier for being a responsible, active and caring member of the community.