Calvert County Government Team Excellence Award recognizes employees who excel in team settings. The Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) recommended the following employees from Public Transportation and the Office on Aging for a Team Excellence Award. From Public Transportation was JoAnn Bowen, William Hall, Cynthia Hardesty and Carol Maloney and from Office on Aging Susan Justice and Tonya Taylor.
On December 30, 2014, around 1:40 pm, a gentleman that rode the County Public Transportation bus, exited the bus at Calvert Pines Senior Center. Carol Maloney and Cindy Hardesty, the bus drivers, noticed the passenger was not walking properly and asked if he was okay. After answering “yes” he fell to the ground, unconscious and not breathing. Ms. Hardesty ran inside Calvert Pines to call 911 and Ms. Maloney started performing CPR. Another bus driver, JoAnn Bowen radioed the Transportation Office to request additional backup.
Susan Justice from the Office on Aging, ran into the Senior Center to retrieve the AED/defibrillator. While Ms. Maloney was performing CPR, Tonya Taylor, also from Office on Aging, helped attached the defibrillator. William Hall, retired Prince George’s County Firefighter/paramedic with more than 20 years of service, and a Transportation bus driver arrived to assist.
Emergency personnel arrived and transported the gentleman to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where unfortunately he passed away. These Calvert County employees worked as a team, demonstrating quick and appropriate emergency response, showed true compassion, and went well beyond their normal job requirements, representing Calvert County Government in the best possible way.
On February 24, 2015, the Calvert Board of County Commissioners recognized these employees with a framed certificate and a “Team Excellence” shirt at their meeting.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon