Off-duty firefighter comes to aid of accident victim |

Off-duty firefighter comes to aid of accident victim

A volunteer firefighter from the Lake Valley Fire Department has received a commendation from the city of Pinole, Calif. for coming to the aid of an 18-year-old woman after an accident on Interstate 80.

Jim Drennan was driving behind the woman in December when her vehicle went off the side of the freeway near Berkeley, Calif., falling 15 feet to an on-ramp and then down a 40-foot embankment. By the time Drennan reached her, the woman had climbed from the car. Drennan stabilized her, and checked her vital signs.

“I held her neck and calmed her down, and that was it,” Drennan said. “She wasn’t hurt, but if she was, it might have been a bigger deal. They seemed pretty impressed, though.”

Both the fire chief and the mayor of Pinole wrote letters thanking Drennan, according to Lake Valley Fire Chief John Ceko, who said he is proud of Drennan’s actions.

Ceko, who was involved in a similar incident 25 years ago, said he knows what Drennan went through, adding, “We have the very best volunteers.”

Modestly, Drennan – who has been a reserve since August – said his biggest concern was being teased at the Fireman’s Ball last week for all the attention he is getting.

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