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Employee recognition is Well Deserved
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is filled with employees who exceed expectations and put their best foot forward every day. The Department is proud of their efforts and is privileged to recognize those whose superlative efforts transcend the norm. Six employees were recently recognized for the efforts above and beyond the call of duty. They earned either a Lifesaving, Meritorious Service, or Citizenship award for their actions.
· On March 13, 2011, Officer John Crawford observed a citizen go into what appeared to be cardiac arrest. He checked for signs of circulation and finding none, started CPR. Crawford continued CPR until EMS personnel arrived. The person survived primarily because of Crawford's swift actions and alertness in recognizing the life-threatening condition. He received a Lifesaving Award for his actions. The church where the incident occurred is purchasing an AED to be better prepared for any future events.
· Lincoln Marshall, the acting Inspector at Marquette Branch Prison, had been investigating the introduction of drugs into the prison for several months. Marshall received a tip that drugs may be coming in from a visitor during a prisoner visitation on March 18, 201. His efforts were rewarded with the interception of a package of marijuana that the visitor was trying to pass to her prisoner husband. The prisoner was immediately restrained and the visitor was detained until Michigan State Police responded to arrest her. Additionally, the drug dealer supplying the marijuana was identified as having provided the drugs to the visitor. Marshall's actions helped maintain the safety and security of Marquette Branch Prison.
· On April 8, 2011, Officers Jason Storey and Shawn Bennin noticed a fellow coworker apparently having difficulty breathing. The coworker had been eating some peanuts and when he began choking, he went to the officer's station in seek of assistance. Bennin determined the fellow coworker to be choking and began providing abdominal thrusts to dislodge the obstruction. Officer Storey observed the coworker to determine when the object had been dislodged and allow him to breathe again. After performing abdominal thrusts, the object was dislodged and the coworker was checked by health care and returned to work. Both officers received a Lifesaving Award for their quick and decisive action in saving the coworker.
· On April 17, 2011, Officer Jeffery Dunn observed a prisoner choking in the chow hall at the Michigan Reformatory. Dunn quickly determined he needed assistance and provided abdominal thrusts on the prisoner until the obstruction was dislodged. The prisoner suffered no ill-effects and Officer Dunn received a Lifesaving Award for his actions.
· On May 30, 2011, Brian Devereaux of the Training Division, assisted in saving a man and his dog from possibly drowning in a northern Michigan lake. Brian saw the dog leap from a passing pontoon boat. The man who was driving the boat abandoned the boat and jumped into the water to save the dog. Both the man and dog began to tire quickly and were showing signs of distress when Brian grabbed a life vest and swam out to the man. He gave the man a life vest, helped rescue the dog and helped both of them return to the boat safely. Brian's swift actions resolved a situation that could have turned tragic for both the man and his dog.