We would like to commend several of our Brayman Team Members for their Act of Kindness in assisting a stranded gentleman on RT 495 at the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. Without their kindness, quick response, and patience, this incident could have had a very different outcome.
On May 4, 2022, around 10:00 a.m., an elderly gentleman named Ed stopped his vehicle in the second lane of RT 495. If you aren’t familiar with that area, RT 495 near the 66 W ramp is known for its heavy traffic flow and very high-speed rates. Brayman Team members immediately jumped into action by stopping traffic and pushing Ed’s car off the highway and onto the job site. Unfortunately, when they attempted to question him, he appeared bewildered, scared, and unable to understand them. It soon became apparent that Ed was deaf, so Bill retrieved a notepad to communicate with him.
While the State Police, EMS, and the Safety Department for the prime contractor, FAM Construction, LLC were called, team members Brian, Bill, and Mike pushed Ed’s car closer to the Jersey barriers on the job site to keep it safe from construction activities. As they waited for the authorities, Brian and Bill stayed with Ed to keep him calm and safe. It took emergency services an hour and a half to arrive at the job site. During that time, Brian and Bill were able to obtain the phone number of Ed’s daughter, who lives in the State of Washington. She was contacted and alerted to the situation. She confirmed that Ed had dementia and hadn’t owned a driver’s license for five years. When the State Trooper took Ed home, Brian followed, driving Ed’s car back to his residence.
The following morning, we received an email from Ed’s daughter, and a phone call from the State Trooper involved, expressing their gratitude to our Team Members for their capable and compassionate handling of a dangerous situation.
We at Brayman could not be prouder of our Team Members for taking the time to stop and ensure someone’s safety. In these troubling times, it’s good to hear stories of humanity helping one another. So again, thank you to everyone involved for their quick and compassionate handling of this incident and to all of our team members who make an effort every day to ensure both their fellow team members and the public’s safety.