CRANE, Ind. - Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee Brandon Inman received the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award for his actions in saving the life of a coworker March 2.
Inman, who is also a volunteer EMT with the Loogootee Fire Department, noticed fellow CAAA Surveillance Division employee get out of his parked car and appear to be choking. Inman applied the Heimlich maneuver on the victim five times, successfully dislodging the material that was causing him to choke.
"It just came natural. I have done the Heimlich a couple of times before," Inman said after receiving the award from CAAA Commander Col. Linwood Clark. "Seeing someone in distress, I automatically got out of the car and went to help him."
In recommending Inman for the award, Surveillance Division Chief Frank Wilson wrote, "Mr. Inman's actions were prompt and decisive in recognizing a possible life threatening event. As a volunteer fire and rescue member to his local community, Brandon received the training required to prevent a choking victim from asphyxiation. His selfless efforts to both his community and Crane Army Ammunition Activity are worthy of commendation."
CAAA was established in Oct. 1977 and is a tenant of the Navy Region Midwest, Naval Support Activity Crane. The Army activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components.