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Local heroes recognized at St. Marks Powder

Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum recognized three members of the St. Marks Powder (SMP) crew as local heroes Thursday, Nov. 29 after their fast action saved the life of a vendor who was servicing machines at the powder plant.

Sheriff Crum presented the two men and one woman plaques thanking them for being heroes in their workplace. The three St. Marks Powder employees were not aware they were going to be recognized until they gathered in one of their buildings in front of their peers who applauded their efforts.

On Oct. 30, a vendor was at the plant replenishing goodies in machines when he lost consciousness. Hearing commotion in a break room, Terri Neal, Zan Henry and Stan Harrison investigated and discovered the vendor unresponsive.

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The team assisted the victim by placing him flat on the floor before administering CPR. The plant’s emergency alert was activated to report a CPR in progress. Stan and Zan knelt close to the vendor’s body and began giving chest compressions. Although they had not had a CPR class in many years, they remembered the basic techniques of pushing straight down on the chest using great pressure and repeated motion.CPR was continued until the St. Marks Powder First Responders arrived at the scene and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was also used.

The vendor regained consciousness prior to being transported to a Tallahassee hospital by Emergency Medical Services for continued medical management.

“His doctor informed us that not only did CPR/AED save this person’s life, but to the timely response this person did not suffer any heart damage,” said Patrick Hutto, Human Resources for St. Marks Powder.

“We appreciate their efforts and want to recognize these Wakulla County heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow man,” said Sheriff Donnie Crum. “In saving a human life, they have gone well above their regular duties. Thank you for what you did.”

SMP officials said they have several AED units available around the company property with plans to add more in the future.

“We had two choices,” said Harrison of hearing the commotion in the break room. “We could do something or we could do nothing.” Harrison, Henry and Neal chose to do something.


Pictured from left: Zan Henry, Stan Harrison, Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum and Terri Neal.

 

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