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When one good deed leads to more

A Michels crew in West Virginia has repeatedly rallied to provide students with the items they need for a successful school year.

At the start of the school year, a crew member’s wife and her friend took on shopping and organizational responsibilities, while the crew members donated funds to fulfill the wish lists of five schools. The drive raised enough money to buy the essential supplies the schools needed.

Recently, they raised nearly $3,000 more to purchase snacks, meals and winter clothing for students at Monongah Elementary School.

Doing what is right is what all Michels crews aim to do. We’re always proud of our crews’ actions to positively affect the communities in which they live and work.

The school supply drive took a dramatic turn when our HSE Project Safety Manager helped deliver the supplies to the schools. After dropping them off, the Safety Manager was passing through Farmington, WV when he noticed a man lying on the ground at a gas station. He immediately pulled over and discovered the man had been stung by a bee and was having a very rapid allergic reaction. The man was sweating profusely, his throat was swelling shut and he was drifting out of consciousness.

The Safety Manager’s experience as a firefighter and a CPR/First Aid instructor kicked in and he handled the situation calmly. First, he instructed a bystander to contact 911. Then, as emergency crews were on their way, he monitored the victim’s blood pressure and oxygen levels with equipment from his vehicle. The quick intervention allowed the man to regain consciousness and receive the medical attention he desperately needed.

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