Chippewa Falls Plow Driver Credited with Saving Man in Snow

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A snowplow driver in Chippewa Falls is being credited with saving a man who collapsed in a snowbank in subzero temperatures after suffering an apparent medical situation.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says Donald Bernier saw the person Monday morning but initially assumed it was a child playing in the snow. When Bernier drove by again a short time later the body was in the same position.

With temperatures about minus 15 degrees, he checked on the man and found him stiff. Bernier called 911 and then wrapped his jacket around the man, identified as Walter Sugars. Slowly Sugars began to move.
Rescue workers arrived and took Sugars to a hospital. His condition wasn't immediately available Wednesday.

The 58-year-old Bernier says he just hopes everything turns out OK.


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