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Florida Senator Marco Rubio and his Republican colleague, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, upon witnessing an auto accident on Interstate 70 in West Virginia last Thursday evening, stopped and lent aid, pulling one victim free and providing assistance to first responders. Unfortunately, the saved man’s companion, 62-year-old Bernard Howard Bachman, died. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Rep. Heck, who is a trained combat surgeon.
The two elected officials were returning to a West Virginia hotel from an event in Ohio when a west-bound tractor-trailer apparently hydroplaned on the wet road, causing the driver to lose control. His truck crossed the median and struck three east-bound cars, all of them just in front of the congressmen.
Sen. Rubio issued the following statement, which appears on his web site: “Jeanette and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of the individual who tragically lost their life in Thursday night’s accident in West Virginia. I want to thank all of the first responders who arrived quickly and did their jobs with swift professionalism. Please join me in praying for all those affected.”
Rep. Heck echoed Sen. Rubio’s sentiment in a statement of his own, in which he also noted that he and his wife, Lisa, have “great respect for the first responders who handle such cases every day.”