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Plow driver goes the extra mile for ambulance during snowstorm

EMS providers called for assistance when they were en route to a life-threatening call

By EMS1 Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A plow driver helped an ambulance responding to a life-threatening call during a snowstorm Friday.

EMS providers were responding to a call when they were blocked by other vehicles stuck in the snow. Crews requested a city plow to help clear the way, but were not expecting the plow driver to escort them the entire way.

“We were not expecting him to plow us past the hill,” EMT Lisa Palmerton told Denver CBS. “When he kept going we decided to stay right behind him to make sure we could make it to where we were going.”

When crews reached the patient, the plow driver, Joshua Preather, went another step further. “While we were in with the patient he took it upon himself to salt and shovel the sidewalk so we could make it back out,” Palmerton said.

Preather then escorted the ambulance to the hospital; he worked with dispatchers to help guide the way.

“So it wasn’t just all me, it was a team effort,” Preather told KOAA. “We don’t get to do this very often and when we do have something like this happen it’s a sense of pride.”