SEMBACH, Germany – As a member of the IMCOM-Europe Casualty Assistance Center, or CAC, team, Jermaine Sanders is used to helping people who are distraught in a time of need. His ability to recognize and care for people is critical to his job.
But on May 16, Sanders “went above and beyond the call to assist a fellow employee,” according to Al Royal, who, as Sanders’ supervisor, nominated him as the IMCOM-Europe Hero of the Month.
While walking back to his office that day, Sanders encountered a man sitting on some stairs, weeping. Asking if he needed help, Sanders quickly decided he was not going to leave the man alone. Calling back to the CAC, Sanders said he would be late returning to the office.
“He said, ‘You have to go back to work,’” Sanders, recalled.
“I said there’s no place more important than being here with you right now,” Sanders added.
After engaging and helping the man to see a chaplain, Sanders was relieved when the chaplain reached out to him a few days later to let him know his compassion had made a huge difference in the man’s condition and outcome that day, according to Royal.
“This is the way he works every day. He cares. He genuinely cares,” said Tommy R. Mize, Director of IMCOM-Europe, when presenting Sanders his Hero award. “Thank you for being who you are. And thank you for what you do.
“I’m so happy I stopped,” Sanders said. “There’s no telling what could have happened that day.”