Local Man Recipient of First Ever HGH 'Humanity Award'

A local good Samaritan was honored last week for helping a fellow citizen.

Tim Topliff of Winnemucca was presented with the first ever Humboldt General Hospital "Humanity Award" on Tuesday, April 23, by the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees.

Board Chairman Moe Hanzlik presented Topliff with a plaque and his thanks for stopping to help a motorist who had been involved in an accident and needed CPR.

Hanzlik, who has been associated with the Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue crew for more than 25 years, said that in the past, EMS would arrive on scene and see a bystander aiding victims. "They would say 'thank you very much' to the bystander and then whisk the patient off," he said.

Hanzlik said he began reflecting on these community do-gooders and decided the hospital could do more to recognize them and their selfless acts.

"These people stop and give aid just because it's the right thing to do," he said, "and they deserve more recognition."

Hanzlik explained that the award is not for heroes—just the opposite, really. "It's for the regular folk who respond to aid their fellow humans, and in so doing demonstrate their humanity."

Hanzlik said his board will ask the hospital's EMS department to more closely identify those who stop to render aid so that they can also be recognized in the future.

"We want to recognize these people of the public who go above and beyond to help another."