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Moama truck driver recognised for life saving heroics

Truck driver Brett Hood has become the fourth recipient for 2018 of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award following his courageous actions that saved the life of a woman in mid-October.

Based in Moama, Hood, who operates commercial vehicles for McColl’s Transport was on a delivery to Brisbane when he came across a crash site outside Warwick in which a man had lost control of his vehicle injuring both occupants.

Hood is reported to have immediately alerted emergency services and tended to the man’s girlfriend who was trapped inside the vehicle.

He applied pressure to a “severe laceration to her leg” per a statement released by the ATA to prevent further blood loss as they waited for an ambulance.

She was later airlifted to hospital.

In praising Hood’s efforts, emergency services believe his intervention helped to avert a fatality.

Joe Boras, McColl’s Transport National Work Health & Safety Manager, who nominated Hood for the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award said he was a model team member.

“Brett is an asset to our company. Our work requires flexibility of us all, due to changes in customers’ requirements that occur in the dairy industry, but Brett is one of those drivers that is happy to do any job anytime,” said Boras.

ATA Chairman, Geoff Crouch said Hood’s brave actions were well beyond the call of duty.

“Brett Hood displayed all the characteristics of a true hero. He was selfless in the way he came to the aid of the couple and saved the life of this woman,” he said.

“There is no doubt he deserves the title of Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian.

“It is stories like Mr Hood’s that demonstrate the importance of first aid training and is another example of how the Australian trucking industry steps up in times of need.”

Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche said his company took great pride in joining the ATA in recognising people such as Brett Hood.

“The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award is our way of recognising his prompt, lifesaving actions,” he said. “Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardians are a true asset to the trucking community and deserve to be praised for the way they respond to adversity.”

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