PG&E President and COO Nick Stavropoulos announced that PG&E employees and IBEW 1245 members Michael Garcia and Miguel Hernandez will receive a Meritorious Service Award from the American Gas Association in recognition for heroic actions taken to save the life of a customer during a house fire in San Jose on December 16, 2016.
According to the citation, Garcia and Hernandez were performing routine gas maintenance when they saw smoke coming from a home and heard a person calling for help. They grabbed a fire extinguisher and went inside the home and rescued the occupant who was an elderly man who had fallen asleep and left the stove burning. After leaving the person with neighbors, Garcia and Hernandez ran to adjacent homes to warn residents of the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters. Their quick action undoubtedly saved the life of the elderly person and prevented potential harm to others.
The recognition and award will be given to by the American Gas Association at an awards ceremony to be held in Orlando, Florida on May 2. Garcia and Hernandez will travel to Orlando to receive their recognition and will also share a $,1000 cash award. IBEW Local 1245 wishes to congratulate brothers Garcia and Hernandez and praise them for their quick and decisive action.
Recognition for exceptional action goes out to PG&E gas employees and IBEW members Gene Lindsay, Clinton Grich and Michael Musgrove, who will receive the PG&E Britton Certificate and Britton Bronze Awards.
Lindsay, a Gas Working Foreman B, will receive the Britton Certificate for actions taken in warning residents to evacuate a burning home. Gritch, Working Foreman B, and Musgrove, Construction Operator, are being recognized with the Bronze Award for performing CPR on an unresponsive person at a Manteca rest stop. Read the full story here.
The Britton Awards are named in 1927 for PG&E’s first president, John Britton, and are given to individuals who display exceptional courage, initiative and resourcefulness in an emergency.
–Rich Lane, IBEW 1245 Business Representative