Fisk earns Knife River Hero award

Knife River Corporation’s Gene Fisk has earned the company’s Hero Award for providing life-saving assistance last month at the scene of an accident near Mora.

Fisk, of Center City, a truck driver for Knife River and volunteer firefighter, was driving to Mora on Highway 70 where he saw a vehicle speed through an intersection and into the ditch. He braked to avoid a collision with the other vehicle, then parked his truck and ran to the ditch to help the other driver.

After some difficulty, he opened the back door of the passenger vehicle, got in and turned off the engine. The driver complained of neck pain, so Fisk stabilized her head.

Fisk asked her a series of questions including if she was diabetic, based on her responses. She was and had difficulty focusing. When another person approached the vehicle, Fisk had the man call 911. Fisk stayed with the woman until emergency responders arrived to take over.

“Gene has been trained to react in these types of emergency situations, and that’s just what he did,” said Jeff Lambert, safety director for Knife River’s North Central Region. “First, he was able to control his truck and avoid a collision with the oncoming car. Then he ran to the other vehicle and helped the crash victim. Gene is an exemplary individual and is deserving of our Knife River Hero Award.”

Knife River developed the Hero Award in 2008 to honor employees who use their first aid and safety training to help save lives and do the right thing during an emergency situation.

Knife River Corporation mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel and related construction materials, including ready-mix concrete, cement, asphalt, liquid asphalt and other value-added products. It also performs integrated construction services. For more information, visit the company online at

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