First responders recognized for helping bring family to safety amid collision, propane leak last month

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Almost two months ago to the day, on August 18, an SUV and Coca-Cola truck collided on a Highway 16 service road, across from Reptile Gardens.

Pennignton County August CollisionOfficials and citizens responded to the scene, which soon involved a leaking propane tank and downed powerlines. Passengers in the SUV were injured and taken to get help.

Miraculously, all of the passengers in the vehicle survived.

On October 15, the family involved in the accident was able to meet the first responders and citizens who brought them to safety.

The Pennington County Commission Chambers was filled with kids laughing and playing with the Rockerville Volunteer Fire Department officials on the scene that day.

Part of what Chief Gail Schmidt calls a rare win.

“We’ve been able to keep in touch and understand how they were healing,” she said. “But there’s nothing like that in-person, playing with the kids, do the fist bumps. That sort of thing. And just be able to enjoy.”

The family is still healing from their injuries. However, they are thankful for all of the people who helped them that day.

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