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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. This recording is the Loma Prieta oral history of John Godoy. At the time of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Godoy was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Caltrans on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. He was out on the bridge assisting a driver who had run out of gas when the earthquake struck. He felt the bridge shake and after the shaking stopped he noticed that part of the bridge collapsed. Godoy then got his radio inside his truck to communicate what he just saw, and to start evacuating cars (and people) off the bridge. The rest of the time while he was on the bridge, he gave a news crew a ride to where the bridge collapsed, assisted two victims who were in their car and half of the car was over the collapsed part of the bridge. Godoy had assistance from the Coast Guard who landed a helicopter on the deck of the bridge to evacuate the victims. Godoy also had assistance by Doug Drexler a Caltrans Tow Truck Driver who towed the car. Godoy assisted many people that day and deserves recognition for his efforts.
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