Bravery Commended

Terry (left) and Rhonda (right) Roach pose for a photo with Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield shortly after receiving their medals at Government House in Regina. The Roachs were recognized for rescuing three people after a 2015 collision on Hwy 2 north of Prince Albert. © Photo submitted by Royal Canadian Humane Association.

Local couple honoured for rescue efforts in 2015 accident

Terry and Rhonda Roach had little idea what awaited them when they hopped in their car on a chilly November morning one year ago.

The couple was travelling along Hwy 2 north of Prince Albert when they happened across an accident involving a pickup truck and a semi tractor and trailer.

The couple, with the help of the semi driver, pulled three injured people from the pickup truck wreckage. On Monday, almost a year later, they were honoured with Canadian Bravery Awards from the Royal Canadian Humane Association.

“You don’t even think, you just do, because people lives depend on what you can do and how fast you can do it,” Terry said when asked about the day. “We didn’t have much time and it’s just something that had to be done. I’m glad it turned out really good.”

Thanks to the Roachs and semi driver Mervin Roode, two men and one woman were pulled from the damaged pickup, which was already on fire by the time they arrived on the seen.

Terry, along with Roode, received a silver medal for bravery after repeatedly returning to the burning truck to help pull the passengers out.

He said he was just glad everything turned out so well, considering how chaotic the rescue scene was.

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