Three DNR employees honored with Governor’s Lifesaving Award

Shane Pegram, Adrian Fernandez and Felipe Barragan
DNR employees Shane Pegram, Adrian Fernandez and Felipe Barragan (see photo), all of the Olympic Region, were honored at the 62nd Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on September 25.

DNR employees Shane Pegram, Adrian Fernandez and Felipe Barragan were honored at the 62nd Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on September 25.

Each man received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for quick thinking and fast actions that saved the life of a co-worker who suffered a heart attack during a work capacity test. Each year, the DNR employees and seasonal workers who participate in the department’s wildfire response and protection program must renew their training and, depending on their firefighting assignments, must pass a basic work capacity test.

After a participant in a work capacity test collapsed last summer, the three men — all from DNR’s Olympic Region headquartered in Forks — determined that the victim was unresponsive, not breathing, and had no pulse. They began CPR:     Adrian gave the victim air, while Felipe and Shane hooked up an automated external defibrillator (AED). Shane started chest compressions while Adrian continued to give oxygen and monitor the victim’s vital signs. The AED shocked twice before the ambulance arrived. The victim was transported to the Forks Hospital and then airlifted to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, where it was determined that he had suffered a heart attack. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The quick and capable response by the three men was instrumental in saving the heart attack victim’s life.

The awards presentations were made by Meeghan Black, host of the KING 5 Evening Magazine. Gov. Jay Inslee also spoke at the conference.

Also at the conference was Amy Ramsey-Kroll of the DNR Resource Protection Division, who presented an informative talk about laminated root rot and how it affects the stability of certain tree species. The topic was selected because conference attendees included many risk and safety representatives from state and city parks, timberland owners and others who need to analyze the health of trees in publicly used areas. 

The Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference is presented each year by the Department of Labor and Industry’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, working with the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board.

Please stop by DNR’s Facebook page where you can give Shane, Adrian and Felippe a virtual pat on the back for job well done!

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