Capitol Police Officers: Sergeant Michael Manley, Corporal Steven Rinehart, Corporal Arlene Redmond,
Senior Corporal Scott Simpson, Master Corporal Lori Templin, Senior Security Officer Darryl Smith,
Senior Security Officer Maureen McGill-Jones, Senior Security Officer Yvette Miller, Dispatcher Isaac Vaughn,
Lieutenant R. Marshall Martine and Thomas Green, accepting for the late Senior Security Officer Stephen Green.
Office of Safety and Homeland Security
On the morning of February 11th, these Capitol Police officers were handling entrance screening and security of all those entering the building. At approximately 8:15 a.m. bullets rang out in the lobby, through the actions of a lone gunman. Capitol Police reacted immediately, helping people get out of the direct line of fire, including hiding some underneath them, pursuing the shooter and, ultimately ending the shooting rampage. Sadly, this tragic event resulted in the deaths of two members of the public entering the courthouse and the wounding of two officers. It was the heroic actions of the Capitol Police and their unwavering professionalism in acting to protect others in jeopardy regardless of their personal safety, which saved countless lives that day.
David Brezenski, Administrative Office of the Courts
On the morning of the NCC Courthouse Shooting, Dave Brezenski was working at the New Castle County Courthouse Information Desk. When the shooting began, he was in the direct line of fire. Nevertheless, he dialed the Wilmington Police Department and gave an on-going account of the incident and the shooting as it occurred. Throughout the incident, he managed to stay on the line with the 911 call taker describing the events, exposing himself to the shooting and bullets, so that responding police officers would have critical information needed upon their arrival to the courthouse. Dave's quick thinking and actions helped the first responders coordinate their response to the tragedy that unfolded at the Courthouse on February 11th and earned him admiration and respect.
Penny Wood, Public Defender's Office
One morning in 2013, on her return from one of her trips to the Courthouse, Penny attempted to enter the interior office area when a prospective client went into a full blown seizure. Penny remained calm and told a co-worker to call 911. Penny proceeded to talk calmly to the person and hold his head for several minutes while the seizure continued. Other PDO personnel assisted in clearing out the waiting room and waited for the paramedics to arrive. Penny kept the client calm and safe until the medical personnel arrived. The client returned to the office the next week and personally thanked her for her kindness. Penny's actions reveal her to be a true hero. She is an example for all state employees.
Christine Vennard, Dept. of Agriculture and Marianna Freilich, OMB
(not pictured, Doug Crouse and Mark Manno from the University of Delaware)
In December 2013, Marianna noticed a man wandering the halls while her students were leaving a class she just completed. She asked if she could help him, and he said he wanted to kill himself. She and Chris, who had taken Marianna's class, had him come into the training room to sit down. Chris Chris called 911 while Marianna went to the Paradee Cooperative Extension office to let them know. Two of their staff members, Doug and Mark, went immediately to the room to help until the police showed up. At one point the man said he wanted to leave, but Doug and Mark made sure he waited. When the police arrived, they took him to Kent General Hospital so he could receive help.
Not Pictured (Unable to attend ceremony)
Richard Whittington, Robin Brown, and Joseph Clymer, Dept. of Transportation
In July 2013, Richard, Robin and Joseph were working on removing the pads from a Jersey Barrier Lift when, without warning, the mechanism's clamp shut, and a co-worker's right hand and wrist were trapped in the lift which left him dangling a few feet off of the ground.
Richard, Robin and Joseph went to work to get the man free from the lift. They found a way to release the clamp that freed his hand and wrist. Richard, who is an Emergency Medical Technician with the Odessa Fire Company, provided first-aid care and secured the man's head and neck until the ambulance arrived. Due to the prompt actions of Richard, Robin and Joseph, thir co-worker fully recovered from this incident.
Diane Towns, Dept. of Transportation
In March 2013, Diane was dining at a local restaurant in Dover when a woman stood up and shouted, "Help! Somone please help me, please!! She can't breathe!!!" Without hesitation, Diane immediately jumped up to assist the choking woman, performing abdominal thrusts. This maneuver did not immediately work, but Diane did not give up. Diane was able to successfully clear the airway obstruction on the second attempt, and the woman was then able to breathe.
The nearby customers applauded and thanked Diane for her actions and claimed that she had saved the woman's life. Some of the customers thought she was a nurse, but Diane proudly informed them that she learned First and CPR at DelDOT.
Joseph Rash, Dept. of Transportation
Leon Caulk, not pictured (unable to attend ceremony)
Joseph and Leon were mowing grass on Route 1 near Middletown in July 2013 when a vehicle moving around three miles per hour caught Joseph's attention. The speed limit there is sixty-five miles per hour. Before he could physically react, the slow-moving vehicle veered off of the roadway and struck the guardrail.
Leon witnessed the vehicle striking the guardrail and immediately exited his mower and went over to assist the driver. Leon checked the driver and determined that he was breathing but not responsive. He followed the training he received in CPR/AED and First Aid from DelDOT and continued to monitor the driver until the State Police and ambulance crew arrived and rendered assistance to the motorist who had apparently suffered a seizure.
James Fish, Dept. of Transportation
James was driving southbound on the Ross Bridge when he noticed a young man walking towards the summit of the bridge. He quickly surveyed the area and did not see a vehicle broken down in the nearby vicinity. James exited his vehicle and approached the young man, asking if he was alright and if his car was broken down somewhere. James then offered the young man a ride to his destination, and the young man curtly declined any help.
Fearing he might attempt to take his own life, James called the State Police to the scene and remained with the young man until they arrived. The police arrived and determined that the young man did indeed need additional services and safely escorted him from the scene.
Gerald Blakeslee, Dept. of Transportation
In August 2013, Jerry was travelling by car with his girlfriend and two younger sisters when he witnessed a car suddenly hit a motorcycle from behind, and the driver of the motorcycle was thrown away from the collision site. Jerry quickly got out of his vehicle and located the motionless body of the rider.
Jerry called 911 and checked on the operator of the car to see if she was injured in the collision. Fortunately she was not seriously injured. He also calmed the owner of the property where the accident happened, as well as his girlfriend and sisters. When the Emergency Medical Technician arrived to confirm that the motorcyclist had passed away, Jerry conveyed that information to 911, remaining calm and in control the entire time.
John Slensby, Dept. of Correction
In July 2013, while a security team conducted cell inspections, an inmate began assaulting one of the officers with punches in the head and face. Officer Slensby, who had been assigned to the administrative and disciplinary housing unit, rushed to the scene and single-handedly subdued the offender, even though he himself was inadvertently sprayed twice in the face with Vexor by another officer. Officer Slensby's quick thinking and his courage to take immediate action without regard for his own safety lead to the end of the violent encounter and ultimately saved his fellow officer from sustaining serious injuries.
Gail Weinberg, Dept. of Health & Social Services
During the first quarter of 2013, Gail noticed a suspicious male about 6'7 tall wandering out of a fellow co-worker's office (fellow nominee, Carol Barnett!). She observed that he had rummaged through Ms. Barnett's purse. Without hesitation, Gail Weinberg leaped into action. First, she stopped the man as he was fleeing the building. Next, she confronted him. Then she asked him to empty his pockets. His pockets revealed that he did steal Ms. Barnett's check book. Gail retrieved the property of her co-worker and proceeded to call the Delaware State Police.