Eagan, MN (PRWEB) May 12, 2014
Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) is proud to announce that Donald Bonwell, supervisor of operations training support, from Omaha Public Power District has received a Life Sustaining Award. 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.
Bonwell receives the award for pulling a man from a burning vehicle. While driving to work early one morning he came upon a wrecked pickup truck. The vehicle was burning and the driver was still inside. Several individuals, including a coworker, Joe Braun, were attempting to pull open the passenger door to free the driver while also fighting the fire with fire extinguishers.
Don noticed the flames beginning to enter the cab of the truck and that the driver was reacting to the heat. Reassuring the driver, whose injuries appeared serious, Don quickly reached inside the truck and with the help of another individual, pulled the driver from the burning vehicle. Shortly after, the local rescue vehicles arrived. Having served in the Gulf War, Don commented “In the Gulf you are prepared for situations like this…Here it was totally reactive, where the adrenaline just takes over and allows you to deal with the situation…”
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and business. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utility companies around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.