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* News Release *
 
Thursday, March 10, 2005
For Immediate Release

BCEO EMPLOYEE RECEIVES LIFE SAVER AWARD

A Butler County Engineer's Office employee has received the prestigious Life Saver Award from the Greater Hamilton Safety Council. Johnny Smith was recently honored for saving the life of a local man who was struck by a vehicle.

On the morning of December 6, 2004, Smith was crossing the High Street bridge in Hamilton when he observed a pedestrian crossing the bridge. The pedestrian was struck by a car and knocked over the bank into a construction area.

Smith stopped at the scene, called for emergency services, and performed first-aid for the injured pedestrian until medical help arrived. The pedestrian was severely injured, suffering significant lacerations, and could have remained unnoticed for some time had Smith not stopped to help. Smith's prompt response likely saved the pedestrian's life. The driver of the vehicle did return to the scene and assisted, although he was visibly shaken, according to Smith.

The Life Saver Award is a prestigious award that is given only two or three times a year when the life of another person is saved under extraordinary circumstances, according to Mark Couto, Chairman of the Board of the Greater Hamilton Safety Council. "Citizens like Johnny make this community a great place to live. Our citizens look out for the welfare of even those they don't know. It's an honor to present this award to a truly upstanding individual."

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens said "We here at the Engineer's Office are extremely proud of Johnny's heroic accomplishment. It speaks volumes about his character and to the integrity of our staff." Smith has been employed at the BCEO for over six years and works in the sign department.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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