DPW employees receive awards for efficiency in hurricane aftermath
October 27, 2011
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Twenty-four Department of Public Works employees received Special Act Awards from U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Center Commander Col. Jeffery Holt for the hard work and dedication they exhibited in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
The cleanup, which lasted four days, included tree removal and repairing overhead electric lines in difficult conditions, like standing water.
During an Oct. 24 presentation ceremony at the APG Garrison Headquarters, Holt remarked that DPW exceeded expectations. Immediately after the storm, it was estimated by Garrison APG Commander Col. Orlando Ortiz that it would take at least two weeks for the post to regain power.
"Given the critical testing we were doing at the time, being without power for weeks would have made a significant impact on our mission, and other missions on post," Holt said. "The quick turnaround in repair time was quite astounding. This is just one more example of how DPW has given us great support. They are a multitalented bunch."
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DPW employees who were recognized during the ceremony include:
Carl Wheeler-General Maintenance and RepairSupervisor
Terry Dillion-High Voltage Electrician
Joe Dugan-High Voltage Electrician
Ronald Goad-High Voltage Electrician
Dennis Hancock-High Voltage Electrician
Karl Mandl-High Voltage Electrician
David Stamper-High Voltage Electrician
Randal Tipton-High Voltage Electrician
Martin Kreer-High Voltage Electrician
William Bowman-Engineering Equipment Operator
Dennis Hamilton-Engineering Equipment Operator
Daryl Lehr-Maintenance Scheduler/Planner
Tony Waldrope Jr. --Tractor Operator
Lyndell Barber-High Voltage Electrician Supervisor
James Oneill-High Voltage Electrician
Bobby Brittingham-Electrician Worker (High Voltage)
Phillip Burlin --High Voltage Electrician
Charles Brinegar-Engineering Equipment Operator
Earl Kerchevale- Engineering Equipment Operator
Greg Hipple -Laborer