Summit Mobile Service technician awarded for aiding Colorado State Patrol
A Dillon man was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for helping a state trooper on Tuesday. Ben Long, a technician for Summit Mobile Service, was presented a plaque that afternoon for helping Colorado State Patrol Corporal Derek Herrle repair his vehicle, which was stranded just outside of Vail.
Long said he encountered the patrol car near the last exit in Vail around 3 a.m. on Feb. 26, a cold winter night.
“I had been out working all night on disabled semis,” Long said. “A trooper, who was rolling his tire towards his car, started waving me down.”
Herrle’s tire was flat due to a snow chain link puncture, and he was stuck with a flat spare. Herrle, who was pulled over near a gas station, had been unable to find air so early that morning.
Long filled up the patroller’s tire using an air compressor, but the puncture was too large to drive. Using equipment from the Summit Mobile Service truck, Long plugged his tire and reinstalled it on his car, before responding to the call which was just a few steps away from the station.
“I thought the story would end here,” Long said.
Nearly two months later, Long was contacted when Corporal Herrle and the Colorado State Patrol came to his office to present him a plaque and coin as thanks for his help.
“I was blown away. I feel that this is a huge honor,” Long said. “I was happy to help. You can call it being in the right place at the right time.”
Long added that having worked on Interstate 70 for six years, he has seen several opportunities to help others on the road.
He added, “If the situation arises again, I will be there to help. It’s the least I can do.”
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