Capitol Campus Safety Fair celebrates emergency training and preparedness
OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will honor several heroic state workers and one courageous fast-food employee who whisked a child out of the clutches of a kidnapper. The awards will be presented Friday at the Public Employees Safety Awareness and Preparedness Fair.
Ten people will be awarded with the second annual Safety Fair Award:
- Serenity LaChapelle, an employee of an Olympia McDonald’s. Serenity yanked an 8-year-old girl away from a stranger who tried to abduct her. The man, who had several warrants for his arrest, was later charged with second-degree kidnapping.
- WSDOT maintenance worker Charley Hazen who, while working on SR-14, risked his life to steer a coworker out of the path of a speeding semi-truck.
- Assistant Attorney General Steve North, who used his capitol campus safety training to save a life. Steve used a local gym’s defibrillator to resuscitate a man who had had suffered a massive heart attack.
- DSHS’s Charyn Niemeyer and her co-workers, Lori Humphrey, Sunny Hawkins, Janet Thomas, Stephanie Adams, and Jon Broger. Charyn suffered a cardiac arrest while at work. Niemeyer’s fellow employees will be honored for their use of safety training (CPR) and equipment (breathing mask and defibrillator), to save her life.
- The AGO’s Wendy Scharber, who used her safety training to help a neighbor with heat stroke.
What: Public Employees Safety Awareness and Preparedness Fair
When: Sept. 11, 2009, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: East Capitol Campus Plaza (across from Tivoli Fountain on Capitol Boulevard in Olympia)
Events/Activities/Demonstrations: Free Hot dogs · Free samples of safety-related merchandise · Safety gear for sale · Building rappel demonstration · Volunteer opportunities · SWAT Team · Smokey Bear · Bomb squad robot demonstration · Jaws of Life demonstration · Fire trucks
Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725
Patrick Colvin, Safety Committee, (360) 664-0092