G4S Security Officer Named 2012 ‘Officer of the Year’ after Saving Toddler’s Life

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G4S officer's heroic actions receive standing ovation during recognition ceremony

This exemplary effort by one of our officers is just one occasion where training, talent and professionalism is recognized,“ said G4S Secure Solutions, USA, President Drew Levine.

G4S security officer Ruben Rendon is being hailed as a hero by G4S and employees at Citibank for his efforts to resuscitate a young boy who was found not breathing. The little boy, is now healthy and doing well.

For his life-saving actions, Rendon has been named 2012 G4S ‘Officer of the Year’, the highest honor awarded by the company to its security officers.

“This exemplary effort by one of our officers is just one occasion where training, talent and professionalism is recognized,” said G4S Secure Solutions, USA, President Drew Levine. “Ruben exemplifies the G4S values – including best people, expertise and integrity”.

Officer Rendon found distressed mother Irene Gonzales at her car in the Citibank parking lot. Her son had stopped breathing. Rendon’s swift provision of CPR ensured that the child’s life was saved. By the time emergency crews arrived, he was breathing on his own and taken to the hospital.

At an awards ceremony held at G4S headquarters in Jupiter, Florida, Rendon received a standing ovation for his actions. Rendon says he joined G4S after he met other G4S USA officers-- whom he described as—‘ultimate professionals’.

Rendon said, during his G4S training, he was asked: “What’s the difference between a security guard and a security officer?” Everyone in the class was offering answers such as: observing, reporting or watching out for vandalism. The trainer pointed out that a security guard does only the minimum. A G4S security officer does what is expected and more. A security officer is trained to save lives. “After that answer, I knew I found the right place to work.”

Rudy Wolter, Director CSIS North America Security and Investigations said, “An effective security presence is an important part of our employee and customer experience. Officer Rendon’s actions display the quick thinking, vigilance and expertise that are essential in maintaining a safe and secure environment for our stakeholders”.

About G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions is the nation’s leading security company, providing a wide range of security services and technology solutions. The G4S expertise in analyzing security needs and developing specialized programs enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership for security and related services, and focus on quality improvement and risk reduction. For more information visit: http://www.g4s.com/us

About G4S

G4S is the world’s leading secure outsourcing group, specializing in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat. G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen. G4S has operations in more than 125 countries and over 657,000 employees. For more information on G4S, visit http://www.g4s.com

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