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SIX HONORED WITH COM’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

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Two College of the Mainland employees and four student nurses were honored Tuesday, Oct.

16 with the college’s first ever Distinguished Service Award for their efforts in resuscitating and

saving a man’s life on campus. COM electrician Lorrin Ching and COM Police Lt. Jill Hamm

along with student nurses Alexis Boettcher, Rachel Cunningham, Shanee Scribner and Andrea

Strickland were recognized during a noon ceremony on campus.

Gary Glover, an electrician with Crescent Electric, who was revived after being electrocuted

on Sept. 19 gave the six recipients their awards. “On Sept. 19, all the stars were aligned and the

right people were at the right place at the right time to save my life,” Glover said. “I am forever

grateful.” Dr. Warren Nichols, College of the Mainland president, thanked the recipients for their

quick thinking and actions. Sept. 19, he said, “could have been a day of mourning or a day of

celebration. We’re happy you’re here with us to celebrate.” The COM Distinguished Service

Award has been established to recognize any student, faculty or staff whose actions and accomplishments

reach a level of receiving institutional recognition. The actions of Ching, Hamm

and the student nurses, he said, “are what the COM Distinguished Service Award is all about.”

The glass awards were inscribed with the recipients’ names and read, “for unwavering response

to perform lifesaving assistance on Sept. 19, 2018, resulting in the saving of a human

life.” Grady Mack with Crescent Electric presented each of the recipients with a certificate and

reward for their efforts or the morning of Sept. 19, Glover and Ching were working alongside

each other when Glover used a crowbar to lift a utility manhole cover and came in contact with

a live wire. Ching was able to pull Glover off the energized cover by pulling on his shirt despite

putting himself at risk of being electrocuted and then began CPR.

The four student nurses, who were on an extended

break from a class where they were learning sudden

cardiac arrest and management of abnormal heart

rhythms, happened to be in the financial aid office

nearby when they saw Glover in distress. Glover, 55,

was found with no pulse. The student nurses took

over the compressions on Glover’s chest. Strickland

called COM police on her cell phone requesting an

Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Hamm arrived

a short time later with an AED that is kept in the

COM police vehicles. Following verbal instructions

on the AED, pads were applied to Glover’s chest to

help get his heart into rhythm. The nursing students

continued with heart compressions after the AED was

used and Glover eventually

responded.

Glover was taken to

the University of Texas

Medical Branch and

was able to return to

work on the College

of the Mainland campus

five days later. The

four student nurses are

all expected to graduate

in December with

an associate degree in

nursing.

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