Two men were honored last week for their life-saving efforts during the immediate aftermath of a horrific crash east of Enumclaw.
Lifesaving awards and certificates of commendation were presented by the Washington State Patrol to Shon McLeod and Peter Tabor. The ceremony took place May 9 at WSP headquarters in Bellevue.
The unfortunate story behind their actions played out July 15, 2016, when McLeod was on a motorcycle ride with his father, Bruce, and a number of friends. The group was heading east on state Route 410 about eight miles from Enumclaw when a westbound Jeep Cherokee crossed the centerline and crashed into three of the motorcycles.
McLeod and Tabor were able to provide lifesaving care to McLeod’s father, applying a tourniquet that Tabor had in his truck.
“When medical aid arrived they determined that this effort provided Mr. McLeod’s father the best chance of survival,” according to a WSP press release. “The quick thinking and determined actions of these two individuals made a lifesaving difference.”
Bruce McLeod eventually suffered a leg amputation, but lived; another member of their riding party died at the scene.