Two local IDOT workers honored for saving life

BY LEN WELLS

Two local Illinois Department of Transportation workers were honored last week for saving the life of an Edwards County woman last winter.  James WcWhirter of West Salem and Brian Campbell of Grayville were presented the Secretary’s Pin for their heroic work to save the life of an elderly woman with dementia who was walking down a freezing road on the morning of January 25, 2021.

“James and Brian were traveling through the small rural community of Parkersburg when they spotted an elderly woman wearing thin pants, a shirt and slippers,” said IDOT Secretary Omer Osman. “Knowing she was in danger not only from hypothermia but also in danger of being struck, James and Brian quickly provided assistance that was needed to save her life.”