13 Life Saving Heroes Honored at MEA's Annual Operations Conference

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13 life saving heroes were honored at Midwest Energy Association's (MEA) Electric and Gas Operations Conference in Ames, Iowa August 4-8, 2008.

Each year MEA sponsors the Life Sustaining Awards program to recognize industry employees who have performed service "above and beyond" the call of duty by saving or attempting to save the life of another. Applicants for these awards are approved by the Executive Committee of MEA's Board of Directors. This year MEA recognizes 13 Life Sustaining Award winners and awarded 7 meritorious service certificates.

Sam Stay of CenterPoint Energy Minnesota Gas was awarded MEA's Life Sustaining Award for saving two women from carbon monoxide poisoning. Scott Shaffer, Darren Kennett, and Justin Stanke of We Energies saved several families from a fire and potential propane gas explosion. Tom Holmstrom of NorthWestern Energy saved a 2 year-old drowning child by performing CPR. Dallas C. Wilson, Gerald P. Stanley, Richard W. Costello, and Timothy L. Mixan of Metropolitan Utilities District, Jim Conley and Doug Frederics of MidAmerican Energy Company, George Woodward of Alliant Energy, Max Smelser of Omaha Public Power District were also honored for their life saving efforts.

This year's meritorious service certificates went to Alvin Clark of Metropolitan Utilities District for saving a 10-year-old girl from a man who sexually assaulted her, Bob Baade, Aaron Merkes, Troy Koeferi, and AJ Nehls of We Energies and Dave Long and Loren Swenson of CenterPoint Energy. For more on each of their stories visit http://www.midwestenergy.org.

Columbia Gas of Maryland, ComEd, Florence Utility Commission, Montana-Dakota Utilities, and Ponca Public Utilities received MEA's Accident Prevention Award at the Wednesday morning general session for the lowest days restricted or transferred (DART) incidents during 2007.

Midwest ENERGY Association is a 15-state regional trade association serving the natural gas and electric utility industry. Our mission is to make utility distribution safer and more efficient. We do this by providing programs and services for the industry. We are your "Partners in Excellence, Committed to Results."

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