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PUD Lineman Receives Statewide Recognition
WASHINGTON PUD ASSOCIATION HONORS CLALLAM COUNTY PUD JOURNEYMAN LINEMAN
Joe Helvey presented with Good Samaritan Award by the statewide association
Sea-Tac, WA – The Washington Public Utility Districts Association presented its annual awards recognizing the outstanding dedicated service and commitment of individuals serving PUDs at the organization’s Annual Conference Thursday, December 1 in Vancouver, Washington. The Washington PUD Association presents awards annually for lifetime achievement, commitment to public service, and meritorious action in a life-threatening situation. This year, Clallam County PUD Journeyman Lineman Joe Helvey was presented with the “Good Samaritan Award” for his quick actions which prevented a woman from jumping from a bridge in April of this year.
WPUDA produced video about Joe Helvey. Click here to watch on YouTube.
On April 27, 2016 Helvey was about to drive across a recently completed bridge in Port Angeles when he noticed a young woman starting to climb over the railing. Helvey slammed on his breaks and quickly ran towards the woman. As he reached her, she was over the rail and hanging on but ready to let go. Helvey reached out and grabbed her wrist, pulling her to the sidewalk. Local law enforcement soon arrived to the scene to provide assistance.
In addition to the Good Samaritan Award, the Washington PUD Association presented Scot Erickson with Chelan County PUD with the William T. Elmgren Public Service Award for his dedication to community service and service to PUD customers and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to recently retired Stevens PUD General Manager Dick Price who served 34 years at the helm of Stevens PUD and was instrumental in forming the Washington PUD Association’s Water Workshop, a conference for water utilities.
The Washington Public Utility Districts Association advocates for 27 not-for-profit, public utility districts across the State of Washington and one joint operating agency, Energy Northwest.
Video of the award presentation at the WPUDA awards luncheon on 12/1/16. Click here to watch on YouTube.
Learn more about the actions of Joe Helvey by clicking here.