9 honored for saving woman's life on Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick

By Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldJune 17, 2013 

The Kennewick Fire Department honored three Les Schwab workers Monday who helped save a woman's life after she was hit by a pickup and dragged more than 250 feet.

Deborah K. Fox was riding her bicycle near 4100 W. Clearwater Ave. in December when a motorist hit her with a pickup while making a turn.

Fox was pinned under the truck and dragged about 270 feet. The truck finally came to a stop in front of Clearwater Collision & Towing after employees of the business flagged down the driver, who was unaware Fox was under the truck.

Five workers from Collision & Towing, along with the three workers from Les Schwab and a delivery driver, worked together to put a jack under the truck and pull Fox from a twisted heap of metal.

The group's fast reaction and willingness to help a stranger saved Fox's life, said Kennewick Fire Chief Neil Hines on Monday. Fox was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is still recovering from her injuries, he said.

On Monday, the fire department honored the three Les Schwab workers with awards for excellence and heroism: Miguel Guillen, Jeff Lizama and Steven Magaa.

The other six men and women were honored June 10. They were Collision & Towing employees Timothy Dean, Stan Berezoskiy, Sean Curtiss, Claudine Quandt and Derek Stangeland, and delivery driver Angel Bueno-Mendez.

"When we arrived, we had direct access to the patient and were able to treat her right away," Hines said. "We are convinced their actions certainly saved her life."

Les Schwab's Guillen said he had to pull off a bike tire that had twisted around Fox's leg and help drag her from underneath the truck.

While he certainly feels a sense of pride by getting the award, Guillen said the group was just doing what another person in their situation would do.

"I didn't want her to suffer any more than she was," he said. "I'm not in it for the praise."

Along with the individual awards, each business was given a plaque to commemorate the rescue.

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