NCDOT Workers Honored with The Extra Mile Award
Posted 1/8/2015 4:30:57 PM
Raleigh – An NCDOT Davie County work crew that was credited with preventing what could have been a tragic accident last month received the department’s Extra Mile Award.
The honor recognizes NCDOT employees who go beyond their normal duties in service to the state of North Carolina. They received the award from Secretary Tony Tata Thursday at the monthly NCDOT Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh.
Tata said, “These gentlemen helped prevent possible tragedy when they stopped a wrong way driver traveling on I-40 in Davie County”. He thanked them for their “quick response and willingness to put themselves in danger.”
On the morning of December 4, shortly before noon, Davie County Fire Marshall Jerry K. Myers was traveling north on U.S. 601 when he saw a vehicle turn onto the exit ramp of Interstate 40 East. The driver proceeded the wrong way down the exit ramp, and started traveling west in the eastbound lane.
In an attempt to stop the vehicle, Myers got on I-40 West, went to the next exit, and then drove east in the eastbound lane.
By the time he got back to the exit ramp, several workers with the N.C. Department of transportation who had been working on the side of the interstate had managed to stop the vehicle and warn oncoming traffic of the hazard ahead.
“If the workers that day had not taken the actions they had putting themselves in danger,” said Fire Marshall Myers, “there is no doubt the outcome would have certainly turned into a tragic event.”
“On the way to overtake the vehicle I passed two tractor trailers
and due to their speed at the time and the topography of the land they most
surely would not have seen the vehicle in question in time to react,” said
Myers. He added, “The NCDOT workers that day prevented a tragic event from
unfolding in our county that unfortunately we have seen on more than one
occasion. Their selfless action no doubt saved the lives of not only the person
in the passenger car but an unknown scenario of what could have been a major
Myers sent a letter of recommendation to the workers who were involved: Transportation Supervisor David Plagemann, and Transportation Workers Jerry Lee Burcham, Daniel Devoid, Cory Robertson, Andy Reavis and Elmer Hendren.
NCDOT Division 9 engineer Pat Ivey nominated the crew for The Extra Mile Award
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Left to right: Pat Ivey (Division 9 Engineer), Clyde E. Scott II (Transportation Supervisor for Davie Maintenance), David Plagemann, Daniel DeVoid, Secretary Tata, Elmer Hendren Jr., Andrew Reavis, Cory Robertson, Jerry Lee Burcham.
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