Trooper Honored for [b]Saving Towman's Life
Towman Don Wensyl is alive today because of the quick reaction and training of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Corey, who rendered aid during a freak accident.
Corey was honored Jan. 6 with a certificate of recognition from the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
On the evening of Sept. 17, Wensyl, a tower with Bill's Towing in Bridgeport, was called to a one-vehicle crash to recover a car that had gone over an embankment and into a creek.
"I've done this numerous times over the last 40 years. I was winching a car up out of the creek," Wensyl said, but this time the frame of the car broke, the tow hook snapped loose and caused the cable to slingshot back and strike Wensyl across the face, resulting in severe lacerations.
Corey, who is also a medic with the patrol's Mobile Field Force, retrieved his first aid equipment from his patrol car and applied pressure to Wensyl's wounds in an effort to stop the bleeding. Wensyl lost 2 liters of blood during the incident.
Wensyl does not believe he would have survived without Corey's help.
"The surgeons did a pretty good job on it, but I had 150 stitches inside my eye socket," Wensyl said. "The trooper had enough gauze in his car to treat eight gunshot wounds—that didn't stop it, but it slowed it down. If it hadn't been for him, I would have bled to death because we were in a remote area. ... He did a fantastic job—over and above."
"It's just another day at work," Corey said. "It's not something you really expect to do at work in law enforcement, but you have to be prepared for anything."
Chad and Ty Coulson, co-owners of Bill's Towing, thanked Corey for his expertise and dedication.
Sheriff Could Lose [b]Tow Authority
The Lake County (Ind.) Council moved forward with ordinances that strip authority over towing contracts from Sheriff John Buncich after allegations of his involvement in a kickback scheme with tow operators.
Two ordinances were introduced in a council workshop recently: one that would strip power from the sheriff regarding towing matters and a second that would redirect any funds collected from towing in the Sheriff's Department budget to the county.
The 2017 vehicle towing ordinance would give authority to award towing contracts to county commissioners instead of the sheriff. A second ordinance would repeal and replace the sheriff's towing fee and towing company franchise fee non-reverting fund, where moneys collected from towing companies now go, and redirect those funds to the county's general fund.
The county's move to take more control over the towing contracts follows allegations of corruption federal authorities leveled against Buncich and former Police Chief Timothy Downs for taking bribes from tow operators.