Mason County PUD 3 Meter Reader Vince Campagna Presented with Washington PUD Association "Good Samaritan" Award. The Washington Public Utility Districts Association yesterday (December 5) presented awards recognizing outstanding dedicated service and commitment of individuals serving PUDs at the organization's annual meeting.
Receiving the "Good Samaritan Award" was Vince Campagna, a Mason County PUD 3 meter reader. Campagna was honored for his reaction following a February 13 fatal traffic accident on Highway Three that saved lives and prevented additional accidents and injuries at the scene of a head-on collision.
He witnessed the collision that occurred immediately in front of him on a high-traffic and dangerous stretch of Highway Three. He parked his vehicle to block traffic and put on his flashers. He exited the vehicle waving his arms to alert motorists and set out traffic hazard signs to warn others about the accident. He checked the condition of the deceased and surviving victims of the accident; directed the driver of a sand and gravel truck to use his fire extinguisher to put out a fire that had flared up in one of the vehicles; then turned his attention to flagging and directing traffic until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
After the accident, Campagna arrived at the PUD office ready to go back to work. A passer-by contacted the PUD the following day and commended Campagna for his service.
Upon receiving the award, Campagna said it was sad that there was the loss of life in the accident, but that he was lucky that he was in the right place to help the survivor and prevent other persons from being injured.
The award was presented by Karl Denison, past president of WPUDA, chair of the awards committee, and Mason PUD 1 commissioner.
The Washington Public Utility Districts Association advocates 27 not-for-profit, public utility districts across the State of Washington and one joint operating agency, Energy Northwest.
December 10, 2013/PUD 3 Press Release