Tacoma man who tried to save father will receive Governor’s Lifesaving Award

A Tacoma man is one of 23 people who will receive the Governor’s Lifesaving Award at a ceremony Thursday (Sept. 25) in Spokane.

Tony Nigh, 21, was chosen for the award for his attempts to save his father after Mark Nigh was hit by a Jeep Cherokee and had both legs severed.

The accident happened May 23 outside the Winthrop Apartments on Commerce Street where Tony Nigh and his father, Mark Nigh, were delivering glass for work.

As Mark Nigh was standing behind the delivery truck, the Jeep Cherokee slammed into him. Tony Nigh gathered belts to use as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding and kept reassuring his father that help was on the way.

“Tony’s ability to react to the situation in the manner he did is truly commendable,” according a statement on the award winners.

Mark Nigh died two days after the accident. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was charged with vehicular homicide.

The conference where the award will be given is sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the state Department of Labor & Industries.