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Plow driver hailed for rescuing collapsed man from snowbank

EAGLE POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A snowplow driver near Chippewa Falls is being praised for saving a man's life during this week's bitter cold wave.  

Eagle Point town street employee Donald Bernier said he saw what appeared to be a child playing in a snowbank on Monday morning, when it was 15-below. When he drove by the same spot again, he noticed that the person didn't move -- so he checked it out, and found an elderly man who had collapsed in the snowbank.  

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram said Walter Sugars apparently suffered a medical problem near his house. His car was running in his garage.  

Chippewa County sheriff's deputies were called in, and got Sugars to a hospital. His condition was not immediately disclosed.  

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Bernier probably saved Sugars from suffering hypothermia. The 58-year-old Bernier had worked for the town of Eagle Point for almost 30 years.  

In late 2012, he helped rescue survivors of a van that overturned near Chippewa Falls.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)