Potentially life-saving efforts, a good deed and a tribute to veterans – all performed by employees of the City of Ballwin – were causes for honors given at the Feb. 25 B
The Metro West Fire Protection District teamed with the city in recognizing the efforts of staff members at The Point who went into action when a patron lost consciousness in the hot tub Feb. 4.
According to Metro West’s review of the incident, head lifeguard Melanie Oestreich activated the facility’s action plan, signaling to her teammates there was a medical emergency.
Lifeguards Anthony Eberhardt, Ben Becker
Aquatics manager Liz Renaud called 911 and briefed Metro West EMS personnel when they arrived a few minutes later.
“We are extremely grateful for the professionalism shown by the staff at The Pointe,” said Brad Shelton, Metro West’s deputy chief medical officer. “Knowing and properly activating their emergency action plan had a profound impact on the life of a community member and we are honored to help celebrate this job well done.”
The stricken man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and later released.
Performed late in January, the good deed occurred when a Ballwin resident tried to turn her car around after noticing a public works tree trimming crew was at work in the street.
As she attempted to turn around in a driveway, her car became stuck on an inlet and she was unable to move her vehicle in either direction.
Coming to her aid were Ballwin employees John Lott, Shane Kelly, Andrew Noyes
Anthony Ewing received the 2018 Michael Flamion award for Employee of the Year due to his efforts to have the Flags for Forgotten Soldiers displayed in the city’s Vlasis Park last summer.
An Army veteran, Ewing, along with his wife, brought together local residents and employees from all departments to set up and maintain the display to help raise awareness of the suicide rate among military veterans.
The traveling memorial was maintained for two weeks before being transferred to the next destination.
The Employee of the Year award is named in honor of the Ballwin Police Officer seriously injured by a gunshot wound in July 2016.