Tow truck driver honored for heroism after Seward Highway ice fall

An Anchorage tow truck driver has received an award of heroism for his actions to help a woman being crushed by a wall of ice that fell on her truck as she drove on the Seward Highway.

Nick Webb of Webb's Towing & Recovery received the American Towman medal at a ceremony in Baltimore last month during the world's largest trade show and convention for emergency road service providers. The medal is the industry's highest honor and recognizes those who put their life on the line to help others.

In April, Amanda Lawton was driving north on the Seward from her home in Bird Creek when a giant ice wall let loose and crushed her truck. Other drivers who stopped to help told dispatchers she was struggling to breathe.

Webb was headed south to free a stuck vehicle when he saw the situation. He extended his truck boom over the crushed roof of Lawton's pickup truck. He and others passed a cable through a break in the windshield, then used a winch line to lift the roof to nearly its normal height. A fire captain said at the time the move may have saved Lawton's life.

Anchorage Daily News /