Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Schwan’s Heroes: Our people making a difference

Marc Balfour, left, and Bill Pedersen helped individuals while on the job.
Feb. 20, 2019 — By definition, a hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.

Here at Schwan’s, we have our own heroes, and we have captured their stories in company newsletters for years.

On any given day our team members are faced with opportunities to help individuals in many types of situations, whether it’s a property fire, medical emergency, motor-vehicle accident or helping during a natural disaster.

To celebrate our heroes and their achievements, we’d like to share a few stories the past few months:

Balfour helps save man from drowning

Marc Balfour, a route sales representative out of Harvey, North Dakota, recently helped save a man from drowning after a traffic accident.

While off duty, Marc was on his way to his father’s funeral when he saw a pick-up lose control, veer off the road and crash into the Sheyenne River. He then ran to the bank and saw a person floating in the water, so he called 911, kicked off his boots and swam out to help the individual.

Marc grabbed the man and helped him to the bank, but was unable to pull the unconscious person out of the water. Instead, he held the person’s head above water until emergency crews arrived on the scene. Emergency personnel then revived the individual.

The individual that Marc helped is related to a Minot customer and former Schwan’s employee. That person called in to let everyone know that they felt Marc’s deeds were heroic.

Pedersen assists in traffic accident

A customer wrote us to commend Route Sales Representative Bill Pedersen for his assistance during a traffic accident.

The person said that following a traffic accident along a very busy highway in Gainesville, Florida, Bill stopped to learn if everyone was OK.

“The traffic was very busy and one of the vehicles was in the lane of traffic. Bill then proceeded to his truck and took out his safety triangles to advise people to move over,” the person wrote. “He stayed with us until the tow truck removed the car. He is to be commended for his help!”

Pedersen works from the depot in High Springs, Florida.

At Schwan’s, we strive to live by our corporate values, which include “integrity” and “helping one another.” Thanks goes out to all of our “Schwan’s heroes” for living by these values and caring enough to make a huge difference in people’s lives.

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