Truck driver honored for aiding injured man
On Tuesday, Gaston received the VFW National Life Saving award at Allied's office in Mountlake Terrace.
Martin Spani, Lynnwood's VFW Post 1040 commander, submitted Gaston's name for consideration to the national VFW office in Kansas City, Mo. The award is only given to recognize those who have saved a life.
"He saved a guy's life," said Spani. "Had Phil not gone by the home when he did, the guy would have bled to death."
On Feb. 29, Gaston spotted an injured man, Todd Nelson, along his route. Nelson's leg was bleeding profusely. He had accidentally sliced into an artery with a box cutter.
Gaston grabbed a roll of paper towels from the truck and started applying direct pressure to the man's wound.
Gaston maintained pressure on the wound while he called 911 and helped pinpoint the injured man's location.
As Nelson appeared to go into shock, Gaston realized he could not apply enough pressure to slow the bleeding, so he took Nelson's belt and used it as a tourniquet.
He remained with Nelson until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to the hospital.
Gaston has been driving for Allied's parent company, Republic Services, for 20 years.
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