FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – An off-duty Fond du Lac firefighter was in the right place at the right time, coming to the aid of an injured motorist following a serious car accident on Friday night.
Division Chief Troy Haase, with the Fond du Lac Fire Department, was on his way to deer camp with his 18 year old son on Friday night when the two came across an accident on Highway 23 just west of Fond du Lac.
According to Haase, “I see the taillights of a vehicle down in the ditch. And I said, Tanner this must be an accident or something and we were pulling up and there was nobody there.”
With no emergency responders on scene yet, and two heavily damaged vehicles, Haase put his paramedic skills to work, coming to the aid of the more severely injured driver before an ambulance arrived.
“I just continued to monitor him, make sure he kept his airway, make sure we kept him nice and still. I kept his head and neck straight and square, make sure we weren’t moving him around a lot,” said Haase.
The driver Haase was tending to has been identified as Luke Loewe, a local standout high school basketball player who recently signed a letter on intent to play at Division I William & Mary.
Haase said, “I didn’t know him, but my son, I told my son the name and he was like, oh I know who he is and I didn’t really know who he was. It wasn’t that pertinent to me, but I was just trying to help.”
Loewe was flown from the scene. He’s listed in good condition at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.
His family released a statement saying, “We are grateful beyond words for the outpouring of love and support that our family has experienced. Luke is doing well and continues to improve. We are taking one day at a time. We would like to thank the emergency responders, the medical staff and the many angels who have worked on Luke’s behalf as well as everyone who has been praying for him.”
While Haase doesn’t want any recognition for coming to the teen’s aid. He’s using the experience as a teaching tool for not only his son. Adding, “You never know when you’re going to be in an accident. You have an 18 year old, in high school everything is fine, the next minute he’s in this accident and he’s beat up pretty good.”
And for others who might find themselves in similar situations, Haase says, “Be careful when you get out that you protect yourself and protect the person and keep them as is.”