Fort Riley, Kansas



Garrison employees safety champions after helping ill Soldier

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 11, 2014

“Our garrison employees are doing great things all the time,” said Col. Andrew Cole, garrison commander, Fort Riley. “We want to recognize those who get caught doing the right thing, going above and beyond what they normally do.”

Cole and personnel from the Garrison Safety Office recognized three employees from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for their efforts to help a Soldier in distress May 7.

“A Soldier walked by my office and he seemed to be having difficulty. He was holding on the wall,” said Susan McDonald, financial management technician, DFMWR.

The Soldier told McDonald he wasn’t feeling well and was headed home when she questioned him, she said.

“I remember thinking that he should not be driving so I got up to go after him and found him collapsed in the front hallway,” McDonald said. “I stayed with him and tried to make him comfortable until the emergency personnel arrived.”

Two of her co-workers, Sophia Hobley, secretary, DFMWR and Ryan Erichsen, supply clerk, DFMWR, also assisted the Soldier until help arrived.

“I am extremely humbled to have received this award. It was just the right thing to do,” McDonald said.

The three awardees are now considered safety champions, according to Dawn Douglas, safety specialist, Garrison Safety Office.

“We are in the business of accident prevention and in the summer months heat-related injuries are a hazard. We saw this as an accident prevention measure,” she said.

Each of the three employees received a certificate of appreciation from the Safety Office.

“These are the types of things our employees do just because they are caring people,” Douglas said. “They went above and beyond their responsibilities to help someone out, so we wanted to recognize them for it.” 

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