KHP Honors Citizens For Actions Following Accident

(WIBW) - The Kansas Highway Patrol honored a group of people who jumped into action following an accident at an I-70 rest area.

On April 26, 2012, a tractor-trailer rig drove into the Solomon rest area at a high rate of speed and hit a motor home in which a Texas couple was sleeping. The motor home caught fire.

One man in the motor home, 67-year old Martin Bal, was killed.

In a ceremony Oct. 12, the Kansas Highway Patrol recognized nine people who jumped in to assist accident victims with Honorary Trooper Awards. The presentation was made at the Patrol’s Training Academy in Salina.

KHP said it honored the group for "coming to the aid of fellow citizens and for performing in a highly meritorious manner under conditions that jeopardized their own personal safety."

Honored by KHP Superintendent, Colonel Ernest E. Garcia were:
Richard Martinitz, Abilene
Tyler Reed, Topeka/Salina
Randy Blevins, Manhattan
Randy Hanlon, Manhattan
Brandon Holt, Abilene
Steve Cox, Abilene
Adam Svoboda, Salina
Steven Colgrove, Salina

Also recognized, but not in attendance was Ty Stutz, Topeka.

Three of the recipients were Kansas Department of Transportation employees based at the area shop in Abilene.


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