Volume LVMay 2008Number 2

Presentation of the Erie County
"LifeSaving Medal"

Bros. Scott Steva and Paul Greiner display their LifeSaving Medals.

On Sept. 29, 2007, Bro. Scott Steva, P.M., Oasis Lodge No. 416, Edinboro, and Bro. Paul Greiner, Senior Master of Ceremonies of Oasis Lodge, were presented the LifeSaving Medal by Mark Divecchio, County Executive, Erie County, Pa.

Both Erie County Sheriff deputies, Bros. Steva and Greiner were en route to the Erie County Prison via interstate 79 when they saw a small group of people standing in a heavy rain on the side of the highway looking over an embankment. They stopped to see if they could be of assistance and were surprised to see overturned vehicle resting on its roof in a deep ditch with rushing water. Upon learning there was a driver trapped in the vehicle, deputies immediately jumped into the water and attempted to pull the victim from the vehicle. The driver was still in the driver's seat, restrained by his seat belt. The water level was reaching the victim's head, and time was of the essence. The deputies crawled into the passenger compartment, cut the seat belt from the victim, broke the steering wheel to free the man's leg and pulled him onto the bank for safety. During the rescue, Bro. Greiner received a rotator cuff injury for which he is undergoing extensive therapy.

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