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First responders at I-41 pileup honored

Posted: 6:21 PM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 19:21:15-04
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NEENAH, Wis. — Gold Cross Ambulance held a special event Tuesday recognizing the men and women who responded to the I-41 pile-up involving more than 100 vehicles. One man died in the crash.

At the event, organizers recognized the many different agencies, fire department, sheriff’s office, paramedics, doctors and more for the work they did on February 24th. The crash on I-41 near Neenah killed one person and sent dozens more to hospitals with injuries. The most telling statistic of them all is the number of vehicles involved in the crash: 119. Some first responders say they still can't believe it.

"We came to find out that we need a lot of resources,” said Nick Romenesko with Gold Cross Ambulance. “Not only fire resources, ambulance resources, and resources you didn't anticipate, buses, we had to get busses to move these people.”

Among others being recognized Tuesday night included tow truck drivers, dispatchers and nearby businesses that opened as warming shelters while people were waiting to be transported away.

The message first responders want to make clear to divers following that day is that winter driving conditions are dangerous. If you don't feel safe, avoid driving at all costs.