Congratulations to Hospital Hero Dr. Trevor Bardell. Now this is a truly heroic story! Dr. Bardell was nominated by a colleague who wrote the following letter:
March 8th the high winds caused a tragedy to unfold in our neighbourhood. Trevor and I are neighbours on Bridge St. E and can see each other’s homes from our respective dwellings.
Yesterday afternoon the winds came up and I went outside to secure some of my furniture as the wind was blowing it around. I was on my stone terrace and I heard a large crack. I turned around and saw one of the huge trees on the corner of Bridge St. and William break in half and comedown hitting the transformer across the street (with a huge flash and explosion) and then a huge crash as it hit the roadway. It took power lines down with it.
Next thing I know I see someone on top of the fallen tree blocking Bridge St. E amongst the downed power lines which I though was weird until I recognized it was Trevor and knew something bad had happened. I quickly went over to see it I could help and as I exited my yard and saw it had crushed a passing car. Trevor was trying to manage the situation since he was first on the scene when I got there. I came to help and he instructed me to stay within talking distance of him as he wanted me to stay safe. He then told me to make sure no one came near the downed power lines.
Trevor quickly tried to assess the lady that was struck, and due to the destruction of the car there was limited clinical exam, but Trevor relayed as much info as he could and I called my ER physician colleague in Belleville to give him heads up on the horrible situation so the department could prep.
The Belleville Police responded incredibly quick followed soon by Belleville Fire and EMS. Trevor helped coordinate the situation with the Fire, Police and EMS, both to keep them safe and update them as to what had happened.
The part that really sticks out to me is how Trevor took charge, but it was his calm and caring attitude towards the horribly injured lady in the car that kept her from panicking.
Once Police, Fire and EMS had the situation in hand Trevor came to chat with me and asked to borrow my truck as one of the power lines was blocking his driveway and he was on-call for General Surgery and had to go in and assess another patient at the hospital. However, Veridian showed up and made it safe for Trevor to take his own vehicle.
Trevor will say he was just doing what he was trained to do as a physician, it it is that attitude that makes him a physician and a Hospital Hero!
Dr. Robert W. Webster