It was a typical summer day in July when Justin Parrack, a Fabick Cat field service technician, was traveling to a customer job site in Bolivar, Mo. While driving northbound on Highway 13, a vehicle in front of him swerved into the median and continued to drive between the north and southbound lanes.
Without pause, Parrack pulled parallel to the vehicle to find an unconscious driver. As the distressed vehicle started to slow, Parrack stopped his service truck, jumped out and, alongside another civilian who stopped to help, the two men chased the vehicle down on foot. They were able to get the driver's door open, climb in and stop the vehicle before it headed into oncoming traffic.
In what Parrack calls luck, others call heroism.
"I called 911 while the unconscious driver was getting CPR," he said. "We ended up just really getting lucky. I wouldn't call myself a hero. I'm just a guy trying to do the right thing."
Parrack stayed on the scene until released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
"As a multi-generational, family-owned business, Fabick Cat is committed to being actively involved in supporting the communities where we live and work. And Justin's actions represent the pinnacle of our organization's mission," said Jimmy Greer, regional product support manager of Fabick Cat.
Greer relayed this to the leadership team upon hearing of Parrack's actions while on the job.
"Knowing the motorist was heading into oncoming traffic, we will never know how many lives Justin saved that day," he said.
Recently, Parrack reunited with the other civilian who jumped into action, the man who suffered from the medical emergency while driving that day and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Both heroes were presented with the Honorary Trooper award.
"We are incredibly proud of Justin and, truthfully, we are honored to have him part of the Fabick Cat family," said John Fabick IV, president of Fabick Cat. "The Honorary Trooper award is the highest honor for a civilian from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. And I couldn't be prouder to see him accept his extremely well-deserved award wearing the Fabick Cat name with pride."
Justin Parrack was presented with the Honorary Trooper award for his heroic actions during an emergency.
About Fabick Cat
For more than 100 years, Fabick Cat has employed and served the hard-working men and women that improve the quality of life in the community. From Cat machines that help maintain infrastructure and support farmers, to aerial lifts and emergency power generation, Fabick Cat supplies the essential products to help make progress possible. As the Cat dealer for portions of Missouri, Illinois, the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, it operates in 37 locations across the territory.
Members of the Fabick family's third, fourth and fifth generations are currently working together under the active leadership of Jeré Fabick, as chairman, CEO and dealer principal along with John Fabick IV serving as president. What makes Fabick Cat unique is not only its size, but its outstanding people, support and facilities bound together by the single concept of total service capability for the equipment owner.
For more information, visit fabickcat.com.
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