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Farmer and son awarded for saving a blacked-out trucker from crashing off I-70 overpass

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This week, the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) honored a farmer and his son who risked their lives to save a blacked-out trucker from crashing off an I-70 overpass in December.

This week, KHP recognized Brent and Brady Ginther as Honorary Troopers for their “heroic actions” on December 19, 2023, in Sherman County, Kansas.

The Sherman County KS Sheriff’s Office described the incredible rescue effort by the Ginthers:

A semi-truck driver traveling east on I-70, had a medical incident where he blacked out. His semi went into the median at highway speeds!

Traveling in the median, it stayed between the traffic lanes for about a quarter of mile where it jumped over a crossover. This slowed the semi-truck down. The farmer and his son traveling in the same direction noticed the driver needing help, so they went into action. The semi-truck slowed down enough so they could jump onto the passenger’s side, but they found the door locked. The son riding on the semi-truck asked his dad to throw him a hammer. He then broke the window out, crawled into the semi-truck and stopped the semi-truck before it got to the overpass at exit 17.

This action more than likely saved the life of the truck driver along with protecting all the other travelers on I-70 and Highway 27. It is amazing what people will do to help others they do not know. Thank you to Brent Ginther and his son Brady for your heroic actions. Our community is incredibly grateful!

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