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Missouri State Employees of the Month

January 2006, State Employee of the Month Adrian Barnes, Department of Corrections

Adrian Barnes was selected as the January 2006 State Employee of the Month for diffusing a potentially dangerous situation at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center.

Recently, as a result of an altercation at this facility, the need to administer a medical procedure to an offender was required. Unfortunately, due to the offender’s agitated emotional state, the ability of medical and custody staff to safely perform the procedure was in question. It was at this point that crisis intervention expert Adrian Barnes was called to the scene. Trained as a hostage negotiator, Mr. Barnes has a proven record of claming angry offenders and ultimately gaining their compliance.

Accompanied by Department of Corrections Director, Larry Crawford; Governor Matt Blunt presents Mr. Barnes with his award.

After the offender was placed in the administrative segregation unit, Mr. Barnes was able to approach the offender and employ his communication abilities to put the offender at ease. As a result, the need for any use of force to complete the medical procedure was avoided altogether, eliminating the danger to medical and custody staff. Adrian is a skillful and valuable asset to the Department of Corrections.

February 2006, State Employee of the Month Tammy Pew, Department of Public Safety

Governor Blunt presents Tammy Pew with the February State Employee of the Month Award.

Tammy Pew was selected as February 2006’s State Employee of the Month for saving the life of a veteran. On the day this incident occurred, Ms. Pew was attending to her scheduled duties, when she was called by a Certified Nurse Assistant and into a hero’s room where the Veteran was unresponsive. Tammy quickly assessed his condition, and within seconds instructed a by-stander to retrieve the AED, called for an ambulance, sent for additional supplies and transferred the hero to the floor. Her knowledge and skills enabled Tammy to give these directions clearly and concisely and she was able to begin CPR chest compressions and rescue breaths within moments of entering the hero’s room. When the AED arrived, she instructed a staff member in how to operate it while she continued to administer CPR. After applying and evaluating the AED, appropriate shocks were given and additional compression were required before a pulse was detected. Her quick thinking and unwavering actions undoubtedly saved the life of this veteran.

Tammy is a dedicated employee who attended training to become a CPR instructor on a scheduled day off, and it was through this training that she was able to remain calm during a very stressful situation. Tammy takes pride in caring for America’s Heroes and always has their best interests at heart. Cameron Veterans’ Home is fortunate to have her on staff.

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