St. Thomas trucker honoured for ‘heroic’ rescue after Chatham-Kent crash

St. Thomas trucker honoured for 'heroic' rescue after Chatham-Kent crash
St. Thomas trucker honoured for ‘heroic’ rescue after Chatham-Kent crash
Gillmore is no stranger to fiery crashes and says truck drivers carry fire and first aid equipment and are trained to handle those situations.

Conn noted as the man was pulled from the vehicle, the fire started again and Gillmore was able to put it out — “ultimately assisted in moving the driver to a point of safety for emergency services’ arrival.”

Darrin Gillmore, of St. Thomas, Ont., received a Board Citation from the Chatham-Kent Police Service in Chatham, Ont. on Tuesday November 14, 2017 for his efforts in saving the life of a man involved in a head-on collision near Tilbury, Ont., in the early morning of October 10, 2017. (Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network)

“And that’s the part that affects you the most is when you can’t do anything,” he said.Darrin Gillmore of St. Thomas got a Chatham-Kent Police Services Board Citation on Tuesday for helping Wayne Hartley pull the trapped driver out of a burning pickup truck following a fatal head-on crash on Queens Line just west of Sinclair Rd. on a foggy morning on October 10.He says he was more afraid for the man’s life than his own safety and believes it might have been divine intervention because normally he has a different route.

Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News

“We’re very proud of what Darrin did.”

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