October 1, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
(Updated 10/9/2013 - Unknown to Mr. Robeck or OSP, the daughter of the woman he saved saw a news story about the upcoming award presentation and contacted her mom, Ketsy Roeder, who had never met the man who helped pull her from her burning car. Mrs. Roeder, her husband, and other family members drove down from Kennewick, Washington, and surprised Mr. Robeck at the banquet. It was a touching reminder that those who are helped during an emergency never forget the person(s) who help them. Below photograph taken of Mr. Robeck and Mrs. Roeder.)
A Yacolt, Washington man will receive special recognition Friday evening, October 4, for his effort in saving the life of a woman following a fiery traffic crash in June along Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks. The emergency medical service (EMS) award will be presented during the 2013 Oregon EMS Awards Program’s annual banquet in Bend, Oregon.
ROBERT ROBECK, age 45, from Yacolt, Washington, was selected to receive the “Civilian Service Medal” following his nomination by Oregon State Police. This award recognizes a civilian who provides extraordinary service during the course of an EMS emergency. Mr. ROBECK will be joined by family members when he receives the award.
On June 10, 2013 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a passenger car driven by a 60-year old Kennewick, Washington woman was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 44 when it traveled onto the right shoulder, struck a rock mound, went airborne and continued up an embankment into trees before rolling over several times and coming to rest on its top on the highway shoulder. The overturned vehicle caught fire as several people stopped at the scene and approached it.
ROBECK was one of the people who stopped to help. As the majority of people stood by while the driver laid unconscious inside the overturned car, ROBECK kicked out a rear side window as the fire began to spread. A group of people rolled the vehicle onto its side and then ROBECK used a baseball bat provided by another person and broke out the car's sunroof. Reaching inside, ROBECK cut off the safety belt. With the help of several others, ROBECK pulled the woman out of the burning car and they moved her away while waiting for firefighters to arrive.
Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire that had also spread up the embankment into nearby trees. Medical personnel treated the woman at the scene and then transported her to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Each year, many people contribute and perform notable acts but, unfortunately, these good acts and deeds frequently go unnoticed. The Oregon EMS Awards Program recognizes extraordinary acts and meritorious service in the Oregon EMS system. Questions regarding the Oregon EMS Awards Program can be directed to Stella Rausch-Scott at (971) 673-1322 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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