ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- A local man was honored Thursday night by Robbinsville Township Mayor David Fried and the Robbinsville Township Council for going "beyond what could be asked of anyone and saved a man’s life," and his courage and level-headedness when a routine tow turned into a life-threatening situation.
Alex Petruccio, a tow truck driver at Treat’s Garage, was responding to a call when another car swerved onto the shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike. The car struck a stopped vehicle and continued on to hit the driver of the towed vehicle who was watching his car being lifted onto the tow truck.
After seeing the crash, Petruccio stopped operating his truck and began to demonstrate his heroism, officials said. He immediately noticed the severity of the situation and went to attend to the victim. While saving his life, Petruccio instructed individuals nearby to call 911. He was then put on the phone and told the operator that they would need a helicopter to take the man to a hospital because there was no way an ambulance could get to the site on time.
Petruccio said he knew exactly what to do in that situation because before he took on the role of a tow truck driver he served as an EMT. Eventually, when he had made sure that the victims were safe, he even began to direct traffic so that the helicopter could land.
According to a resolution presented to Petruccio the newly crowned hero provided “a swift response in the face of imminent danger to the driver," which "ultimately resulted in the best possible outcome.”
Councilwoman Chris Ciaccio noted what everyone had on their minds. “I think most people would’ve just hid behind the truck.”
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