As a Marshall county engineer for several years, Michael Moehrl communicated directly with other employees. In 1978 he became a salesman for RACOM a leading supplier of two-way radio. RACOM’s growth was in part due to Mike’s belief on how essential good communication was, his determination, focus on sales and commitment to customer service.
In Oct 1982 Mike broke his neck and severely damaged his spinal cord when his horse fell after stepping in a hole, throwing Mike to the ground. A farming customer of Mike’s was at the intersection near the accident. She used her GE portable radio to contact her husband to call for an ambulance. An off-duty paramedic who lived a short distance away heard the ambulance call on his GE radio and provided aid until the ambulance arrived.
Following months of rehabilitation Mike returned to work. He made personal calls on existing customers and new prospects in his specially-equipped van, provided through the fund-raising efforts of his former Marshall County Highway employees and his fellow Lions Club members.
Communication technology plays a major role in the world of transportation today. Information and technology affect transportation directly and indirectly in an enormous number of ways.