“Who knows CPR?”
“Can someone dial 911?”
“The A-E-D is located…”
Those three sentences are uttered at the beginning of every Mississippi Power meeting during the safety briefing. And last year at Plant Eaton, these safety precautions were put into practice.
Lisa Kelley, substations manager, Stacy Perry, substation construction supervisor, and Ricky Slade, substation specialist, met with Earl Smith of Vice Construction to discuss work at the plant site.
When Smith complained of chest pains and fell to the ground, Slade immediately began performing CPR, Perry retrieved the plant’s AED and Kelley called 911 and met the EMTs at the plant entrance.
At the Plant Watson employee town hall meeting last week, CEO Ed Holland honored Kelley, Perry and Slade with a Bronze President’s Award for their heroic actions and quick responses.
“This is another example of being our ‘Brothers’ Keeper.’ Our employees rushed into action to save a life,” Holland said. “I am proud to work with a group of employees who are willing to jump in and administer life-saving actions for someone in need.”
Unfortunately, Smith, who worked with Mississippi Power transmission crews for several years, passed away at the hospital a few hours after collapsing.
“Our employees train and practice first aid and emergency response with the hopes of never having to use those skills,” Steve Craig, Transmission general manager, said. “It’s a testament to these employees and their willingness to serve others that they ultimately sprang into action and were able to implement their training as effectively as they did.”
Mississippi Power began the President’s Award in 1986. Kelley, Perry and Slade are the 63rd, 64th and 65th recipients, respectively, of the award.