Six Jackson EMC workers were recognized by Georgia EMC with a Life Saving Award for saving the life of a co-worker who went into cardiac arrest while working at the cooperative’s headquarters in Jefferson, Ga.
Rick Baldwin, district coordinator; Joe Hicks, commercial/industrial marketing representative; Eddy Williams, senior apparatus technician; and Staking Technicians Rob Edwards, Jimmy Roberts and Dan Varner received a Life Saving Award from Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) during the state association’s annual meeting.
Edwards was first to render aid after noticing co-worker Janet Davis, Jefferson district communications coordinator, was in distress. Roberts called 911 and notified Baldwin, Davis’ supervisor, who rushed to the area. Hicks got an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) while Williams, who in addition to his job at Jackson EMC serves as an EMT with the South Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, rushed to the scene to help.
Baldwin and Williams activated the AED and a Jefferson Police Officer followed the AED’s instructions and administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Varner waited outside for the ambulance so he could direct paramedics to the precise location in the building.
Davis was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. After surgery and a recovery period, she returned to work. Doctors told her family that had CPR not been administered in a timely fashion, she would not have survived the cardiac arrest.
Jackson EMC President/CEO Randall Pugh believes his employees are among the best trained in any industry. “Safety is a top priority to protect our employees and we equip them with life-saving skills that can be used when the situation calls for it,” Pugh says.
The Life Saving Award was established to recognize EMC employees whose quick thinking and actions are instrumental in safeguarding others from dangerous or potentially deadly situations.