Kevin Valine

City honors good Samaritan for helping officer hurt in crash

Ripon resident Sangram Gill second from right, is honored at Tuesday night’s Modesto City Council meeting for coming to the aid of police Officer Billy Boyle, using walker, in a Nov. 25 traffic accident.
Ripon resident Sangram Gill second from right, is honored at Tuesday night’s Modesto City Council meeting for coming to the aid of police Officer Billy Boyle, using walker, in a Nov. 25 traffic accident. Amy Vickery/City of Modesto

The City Council on Tuesday honored Sangram Gill, who came to the aid of a Modesto police officer who was injured when his motorcycle struck a car that had pulled in front of him Nov. 25 on Claus Road.

Gill said he was driving north on Claus about 7 a.m. when the car in front of him started to turn left onto Floyd Avenue and into the path of Officer Billy Boyle’s motorcycle. Gill said the motorcycle hit the car and Boyle flew over the car and landed about 20 feet in front of Gill’s car. Gill pulled over, called dispatch on Boyle’s radio at the officer’s request and asked another driver who had stopped to call 911. He stayed with Boyle until help arrived. Gill said traffic was light on the day after Thanksgiving.

Gill said in an interview that he just did what came naturally. “It was kind of like second nature,” he said. “I was in the Marine Corps for eight years.” A grateful Boyle was at Tuesday’s meeting to thank Gill.

In other Modesto news:

▪  The city plans to get the word out soon on its new discount program to help low-income residents with their water bills. Customer Services Division Manager Leslie Curtin said in an email the city’s water customers can expect to receive fliers with their January utility bills about the program, including how to apply for the discount. The program offers $10 a month off the fixed-charge portion of the water bill. The council asked for the program in the summer after approving hefty water rate increases.

▪  City Manager Jim Holgersson announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that he had named Ashley Weaver as the permanent manager of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department. She served as acting manager for about a year. She has worked for the city for a decade and has more than 20 years’ experience in parks and recreation. Her salary is $102,637. The department has 18 full-time employees, more than 150 part-timers and serves more than 150,000 participants annually in its programs.

Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316

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