Damian Inwood, Abbotsford, B.C. (Vancouver Sun) – A 15-year-old Abbotsford girl is thanking an RCMP constable who risked his life when he threw her out of the path of a runaway truck.
Const. Jim Moir, 45, described by a friend as a “giant of a man with a great bear of a heart,” suffered a crushed leg when he was pinned between two trucks while saving Buffy-Anne Troy on Thursday.
“I feel amazed that he would do that,” Buffy-Anne said. “He’s a real hero because if it wasn’t for him, I would be seriously injured or dead. I’m so grateful.”
The Troys were returning from a funeral in Kamloops, B.C., when their vehicle slid off the road in freezing rain.
Moir was talking to Buffy-Anne by the side of the road when a sanding truck and another truck lost control and came towards them.
“Everything happened so fast,” said Buffy-Anne. “They were coming towards us and I didn’t know what to do.”
The sanding truck pushed the other truck into the Troy family’s crashed pickup.
“It was coming directly to us,” she said. “I felt hands pushing me away and I was stumbling and fell down into the ditch.”
When she got up she couldn’t see Moir.
“My mom was shouting that the police officer was pinned between the two trucks,” she said. “Everyone started helping and they got him free in 10 minutes.”
Buffy-Anne was shaken but not hurt.
Her father, Victor, praised the hero Mountie.
“He’s a very brave man because he pushed her away and took the hit,” he said. “We are thankful that he was there at the right moment.”
He said the family wants to thank Moir in person when he is feeling better.
“This was obviously a split-second decision where the constable realized what was happening, and his first thought was to do whatever was necessary to protect this girl,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen. “He clearly put her safety ahead of his own.”
Moir, working with Fraser Valley Traffic Services, has served 18 years with the RCMP.
He’s expected to be off work for a couple of months
“The constable saw the truck coming at them, and with no time to move, picked up the girl and threw her to safety,” added Thiessen.
Moir is about six-foot-six inches tall and weighs more 112 kg, friend Shaun Kevilovski said.
“He’s a giant of a man with a great bear of a heart,” he said. “I was not surprised to hear he had done something like that.”