Highway Patrol recognizes people for their help in emergency situations
FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol held an awards ceremony on Friday, March 18 to honor one soldier and three citizens who assisted during emergencies in the Fargo area.
The following individuals have received the North Dakota Highway Patrol Colonel’s Achievement Award:
- Rider Bennett Strege, NDHP – Fargo
- Elizabeth Romaine of Wahpeton
- Fargo’s Andrew Revier
- Mitchell Lau, Jr. of Moorhead
Andrew Revier and Mitchell Lau received the Colonel’s Achievement Award for their actions during an incident on October 11, 2021. During the evening rush hour, a man jumped from a moving vehicle on the I- 29 at the 13th Avenue overpass and was hit by a vehicle. The man then ran to the railing of the bridge and was trying to jump off I-29 onto 13th Avenue.
Mitchell Lau stopped his truck to block traffic, then got out of his truck and ran after the man. Lau was able to pull him from the railing of the concrete bridge and pin him to the ground. The man was struggling with Lau and screaming that he wanted to die.
Revier saw what was happening, stopped his vehicle and helped Lau hold off the distressed man until help could arrive. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Lau and Revier acted selflessly to help someone in need.
“They put themselves in danger to save the life of this male. The man involved was taken to Sanford Hospital for treatment for his injuries after the incident.
Private Strege and Elizabeth Romaine received the Colonel’s Achievement Award for their actions during a house fire Nov. 30, 2021. The fire occurred south of Fargo on County Road 18, south from 124th Avenue South.
Elizabeth Romaine was driving on County Road 81 when she spotted the fire. Elizabeth had been a member of the Dwight Fire Department for a year and a half and was a Richland County dispatcher at the time. Elizabeth called 911 to report the fire and drove to the farm. The house was completely engulfed in flames.
Private Strege was patrolling the same area and contacted the dispatcher about the fire. He parked on the farm, saw Romaine and heard screams. Strege and Romaine found the owner on a ladder in the back of the house removing pets from the house. They helped her save the animals and bring them to nearby shelters.
The fire became too dangerous and Strège and Romaine convinced the woman that she should get away from the house. At the same time, a homeowner was trying to move a burning tractor away from the house. He was burned by the fire and Strege told him to roll in the snow to put out the fire. Romaine helped him roll over.
After the owner was able to put out the fire on his clothes, Romaine made him wait in his hot vehicle until an ambulance arrived. Highway Patrol says Strege and Romaine remained at the scene while the blaze was fought by Kindred and West Fargo Rural Fire Departments. The house was a total loss.
“Romaine and Strege were instrumental, at risk to themselves, in helping this family rescue the pets from the home and then making sure the owners didn’t come into the house and become themselves. victims themselves. Both showed selfless actions to save others,” the Highway Patrol said.
The NDHP Colonel Achievement Award is presented by the NDHP Superintendent to NDHP employees and citizens for actions that have benefited the NDHP and the State of North Dakota. Individuals can be nominated by any NDHP employee for this award.
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