A TPN driver who works for Halifax-based Claude Hellowell recently received a commendation for saving the life of a man intent upon suicide on Halifax flyover last spring.
27-year-old Dan Binns, who has been a truck driver for 18 months, was returning to base after collecting palletised freight from local customers. He saw a man standing at the edge of Burdock Way flyover, and stopped his vehicle to check everything was OK.
â€œMost people simply drove past,â€ says Dan. â€œMaybe they didnâ€™t realise what was happening or they were just focused on getting home. But I needed to check.â€
When he realised the man was sobbing, Dan put his arms around him and held him, both for comfort and so that he couldnâ€™t jump. â€œI just talked to him, saying we could go for a walk, or for pizza or beer. Anything to keep him focused on something positive until the police arrived.â€
Unfortunately when the police did arrive, things didnâ€™t go to plan. The man panicked and broke away from the police, racing down the bridge toward the railing. â€œHe was half way over the railing when I caught him, grabbing a fistful of his coat. I said: â€˜Youâ€™re not jumping on my watch, mate,â€™â€ says Dan who hauled the man to safety and kept him pinned to the ground until the police could safely collect him and take him to hospital.
â€œDue to confidentiality I canâ€™t know any more about him,â€ says Dan, â€œbut Iâ€™ve been told heâ€™s still alive and I hope heâ€™s OK. It was a very surreal experience. I didnâ€™t think about what I was doing at the time but the award spells out that I saved someoneâ€™s life. And I guess that means his loved ones were saved a whole lot of heartache too.â€
Dan was awarded a District Chief Superintendentâ€™s Commendation which reads:
â€œFor your courageous and selfless actions in intervening and
restraining a male who was intent on committing suicide. Your actions undoubtedly
saved the manâ€™s life.â€
Unfortunately Dan couldnâ€™t attend the ceremony. â€œI was flying to Valencia that day. The Under 16s football team I coach had a Spanish tour,â€ he says. â€œBut getting the award meant a lot to me. It brought home what Iâ€™d done that night.â€
Dan says he loves his job, but when he first qualified as a truck driver he found long distance work was not for him. â€œI gave up trunking and went back to my rigids. Iâ€™m a people person and I love meeting my customers every day and being part of my community.â€
â€œDan is a great part of our team. Heâ€™s a lovely lad, and heâ€™s won Employee of the Month twice in the past year,â€ says Claude Hellowell MD Chris Lord. â€œHeâ€™s also very fond of his TPN caps. He usually has at least three in his cab!â€
TPN MD Mark Duggan says: â€œWeâ€™re very proud of Dan and the selflessness and bravery he showed. Weâ€™d like to think he reflects the very best of our values as a network. I hope heâ€™ll be an inspiration to other young people who might consider joining the logistics industry.â€
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