Honored for their lifesaving efforts were Shon McLead, left, and Peter Tabor. They received awards last week from Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. Photo courtesy of WSP

Two earn WSP award for actions after crash

Two men were honored last week for their life-saving efforts during the immediate aftermath of a horrific crash east of Enumclaw.

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 10:30am
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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.

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