MEA Honors Kathryn Telford and Terry Theil of WEC Energy Group for Providing First Aid

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MEA honors Kathryn Telford of WEC Energy Group with a Life Sustaining Award and presents Terry Theil with a Meritorious Service Award.

MEA is honored to present two awards to employees of WEC Energy Group. Kathryn Telford, team leader was presented with the MEA Life Sustaining Award for her hands-on actions that saved the life of another. Telford performed abdominal thrusts, commonly known as the Heimlich on a choking individual, saving that person’s life.

Terry Thiel, gas utility mechanic, was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award for coming to the aid of an injured teen. Thiel and Dan Ehlers of KS Energy Services provided the girl with coats to keep her warm, called 911, and stayed with her until the paramedics arrived.

“It is a privilege to present the Life Sustaining and Meritorious Service Awards,” said John Gann, MEA Energy Association vice president. “These awards serve to highlight the outstanding individuals in the energy industry who rise up when called and make a positive contribution to society.”

MEA Life Sustaining Awards are presented to individuals from our member companies who have saved the life of another. The Meritorious Service Award is granted to recognize those who have performed actions in the service of another that are considered above and beyond. Applicants for the MEA Life Sustaining and Meritorious Service Award are approved by the Executive Committee of MEA’s Board of Directors. Read about all MEA awards at

For questions contact John Gann, johng (at) MEAenergy (dot) org, or (651) 289-9600 x105.

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. We were founded as a trade association over 110 years ago by distribution utilities whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, we fulfill the same purpose through education, leadership development, and industry connections. Energy delivery companies, contractors, and suppliers around the country benefit from our 55 summits, roundtables, and webinars, 400+ online technical courses, safety assessments, evaluator training, operator qualification compliance tools, and leadership courses for field personnel.

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