Recently, Columbia Pipeline Group Lineman, Mike Marques made a quick decision to enter Pocatalico River in Sissonville, W.Va. to rescue a man in need.
The man was in the water after abandoning his car to walk across a bridge to return to his home during the recent flash flooding. The Pocatalico River, swollen above its typical banks was more than he had bargained for as the current took his feet while he was trying to walk across the bridge.
While on a routine call, Mike saw the man in clear distress in the high river water. Taking quick action Mike knew he wanted to help the man in need. “I went up and grabbed a hold of him and drug him back to the bank, (another man) helped me pull him out of there,” Marques said. “It was a little struggle but we got him out,” shared, Mike.
Mike stated that he didn’t think twice about helping the victim and that anybody else would have done the same thing.
Dennis Scheuvront, Mike’s team leader, shared that “Even though I’ve only known Mike but just a few weeks, I have quickly learned that he is very conscientious and kindhearted. His comment to me that ‘it’s a human life, I couldn’t just watch him get swept away…’ is a testament to his character.”
“His instinctive reaction and quick thinking attest to the core structure of Mike. I feel privileged to know him and it’s an honor to be associated with someone with great character,” said Dennis.