Martin Guhr and Eugene Thomas
Justice of The Peace Courts
On September 5, 2014, Sussex Court Security Officers Martin Guhr and Eugene Thomas observed a silver sedan come into the parking lot and the occupant did not exit the vehicle. When they heard a broadcast in reference to a possible suicidal subject in the parking lot, both Officers rushed to the vehicle. They found a young woman who had cut herself on the inside of her right arm with a razor blade.
Officer Thomas rushed back into the Court to retrieve a first aid kit while Officer Guhr escorted the young lady into the court house for better lighting and safety concerns. The officers cleaned the wound (with consent) and placed a bandage on the wound. There was no serious blood loss and the Delaware State Police took custody of the young lady.
Dept. of Transportation
In June 2014 while biking, Peter happened upon two sinking boats and four adults, one of whom was injured and bleeding. One of the boats had been hit by a large wave and the passenger was thrown into the side of the boat, cutting her head deeply. About five minutes later, the other boat began taking on water so both boats went close to the rocky shore. Without hesitation, Peter climbed down the rocks and pulled the women to safety. Peter then assisted with getting both boats away from the rocks. While the boats were being taken to the Delaware City Dock, Peter walked the injured women to a safe area where some of the boaters' friends picked them up.
Department of Correction
Dee is the Administrative Assistant for Northern New Castle County Adult Probation and Parole. This year Dee was informed by staff they could smell gas outside the building. She did not hesitate to go and check the area where the leak was coming from; putting her life and health on the line. She immediately contacted her supervisors and Delmarva Power to have them respond to the facility. Dee then proceeded to implement Delmarva's directives in order to ensure the safety of staff until they could send personnel to the facility. Thanks to her efforts and initiative, Delmarva Power was able to fix a clogged gas pipe which if it had been left unattended could have resulted in more serious issues.
Court of Common Pleas
Daniel has, on more than one occasion, proven himself to be an exceptional Court Security Officer, as well as an incredible asset to the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. As an example, in October, 2014, Daniel assisted a defendant who was in need of medical attention. Daniel was immediately at the defendant's side assessing the situation and, despite the defendant's insistence that he was a diabetic, Daniel recognized that the person was actually reacting to a heroin overdose, which was later confirmed by paramedics. Daniel remained by the defendant's side gathering important information and keeping him conscious until the paramedics arrived. He kept a record of the defendant's information, which was passed on to the paramedics, which sped up their process. Daniel is an exemplary employee.
Dept. of Correction
Officer Tribbitt is currently assigned to the Key South Building at Sussex Correctional Institution. He has been with the Department of Corrections for over 26 years. On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, while in the Programs Building, an offender started choking on his food. Officer Tribbitt immediately sprang into action by applying the Heimlich maneuver and thus saving the offender's life. Office Tribbitt continued to assist the offender until he was cleared by a medical team and escorted back to the housing unit. Officer Tribbitt excelled during this extreme and stressful situation and is commended for his quick action and extraordinary effort that day.