Fastway Courier saves a young life
by Media Release, last updated on 1st March 2012
1 March 2012 - Fastway Courier Dennis Roderick saved the life of a toddler who wandered into the middle of the State Highway 1 near Plimmerton yesterday morning.
One of Fastway Couriers' Transport Linehaul contractors, Dennis Roderick was on his way to the Lower Hutt, Wellington depot in his b-train truck when he spotted a toddler wearing only a nappy and a singlet ambling down the middle of the four-lane highway. Dennis, a Fastway veteran of 16 years, says the boy ‘simply appeared in front of him’ several hundred metres away from the Plimmerton roundabout at about 10:30am.
‘I slammed on my brakes and used my truck to block the outside lane to stop other cars from zooming past. I jumped out, grabbed the child and ran to the foot path.’
Shortly after, a woman came out of a nearby property looking stunned, Dennis says.’I asked who the child belonged to and the woman replied she hadn’t realised her child strayed out of the property. I handed the boy, who couldn't have been older than 16 months, back to his mother and got back into my truck as I was holding up traffic.’
Arthur Campbell, General Manager Transport Linehaul Ltd, says he has worked with Mr Roderick for three years and noted that he was an exceptionally experienced and affable driver ‘Dennis’s actions today do not surprise me at all. His quick thinking and lack of concern for his own wellbeing saved this child’s life,’ says Campbell.
Fastway Couriers New Zealand Chief Executive, Bruce Speers, says Dennis Roderick will be commended by the company for his actions. ‘It's a remarkable story and Dennis is by far our star of the month. ‘On behalf of everyone at Fastway, I'd like to celebrate Dennis' s act of bravery and thank him for averting what could have been a terrible tragedy.’
The mother of the child was not approached for comment.
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