We believe it is important to recognize employees’ outstanding safety performance, on and off the job. The Chairman’s Life Saving Award, founded in 2004 to recognize employees for their selflessness in helping others, has been presented to 56 employees.
The John P. DesBarres Safety & Health Excellence Award recognizes both recent and sustained safety and health performance and takes into account innovative approaches that yield results. The 2013 DesBarres Award winner will be announced in July 2014.
The crew of the M/V Boonesboro received the 2013 Chairman’s Life Saving Award for helping to rescue five fishermen who had fallen out of their overloaded, swamped boat in the Ohio River as another tow was about to run over it. These River Operations employees were recognized: Josh Darst, John Hoffman, Sidney Jones, Josh Kinder, Buck Knapp, Matt Montgomery, William O’Hara, Brandon Richards and B.J. Rose.
The Bill Sigmon Safety Award in our Generation business unit was introduced in 2013, shortly after the senior vice president’s retirement. This award recognizes his deep commitment to safety throughout his career at AEP. The award acknowledges individual employees’ efforts to promote a strong safety culture. The first winners of the award are Mac Soules, a diesel mechanic at the Pirkey Plant in Texas, and Rob Osborne, a managing director in Generation Fleet Operations.
AEP Utilities, which comprises our operating companies, confers annual safety and operations awards. Public Service Company of Oklahoma received AEP Utilities’ Best Sustained Safety Performance Award for 2013. Indiana Michigan Power received AEP Utilities’ Zero Harm Award for 2013.