VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – A man from Brookfield who crashed his van on an icy road Sunday night is doing fine tonight thanks to the heroism displayed by a Trumbull County employee.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, Trumbull County Engineer’s Office Supervisor Tim Monroe was driving on Niles-Vienna road when he noticed a van flipped over on top of a frozen lake along the roadway.
Monroe said he climbed over the guardrail next to Girard Lake, saw someone was trapped inside the van and immediately called 911.
Another passerby arrived, and the two carefully went out on the ice to see what they could do to help the driver, according to Monroe.
“We were able to stay on the unbroken ice and lean onto it and the individual inside indicated he wanted us to break the window to help get him out,” Monroe said.
As they were trying to figure out how to get the man out of the van, the ice began to crack. The man inside was already laying in a foot of the freezing water.
“We decided we had to get him out as quickly as possible,” Monroe said. “We assisted him by helping him stand up, grabbing his arms, turning him around, then together we swung him out on the secure portion of the ice and then got him up to the embankment.”
EMTs arrived on scene to treat the victim. Trumbull County Commissioners honored Monroe for his bravery Wednesday.
“Very proud of Mr. Monroe and being there at the right place at the right time,” Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka said.
Monroe never got the name of the man who helped him, but said he would like to find him to make sure he is honored as well.