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Anaconda man honored for life-saving actions

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-29 12:25:56-05

ANACONDA - A young woman was pinned beneath her vehicle with just her head sticking out, slowly crushing her to death on Highway 48. She would have died if it weren’t for the actions of an Anaconda man who was recognized for his bravery by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Cramer Clark was driving to work on June 1 when the truck in front of him lost control, rolled over, and ejected the driver. He stopped and found the woman driver pinned underneath the truck.

“She just kept saying she’s going to die underneath the vehicle. I didn’t know if she was going to live or if she wasn’t. I mean, the only thing that I thought was get her out from underneath the car,” said Clark.

Clark got an industrial-size jack from his truck and lifted it up just enough until she could start breathing again.

“I stayed there, held her hand until first aid, or the paramedics got there. I just kept having her squeeze my hand to keep conscious, make her just keep squeezing my hand, talking to her, making sure she stayed alive,” said Clark.

The Montana Highway Patrol recognized Clark's actions with the Good Citizens Award during a ceremony in Butte on Monday. For those who know Clark, it’s no surprise he acted the way he did.

“I mean, it’s totally who he is. He cares for others, he’s always looking out for everyone else,” said his girlfriend, Tiana Korang.

Clark is happy to be recognized, but more grateful the woman he helped is doing well.

“The girl reached out to me since, texted me and told me I was her hero and stuff like that, but that’s not what I was looking for, or anything like that. I’m just glad she’s alive,” said Clark.