FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2011
Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces quarterly awards for two DNR employees
Employees honored for aiding motorists and co-worker injured in accidents
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has presented awards to honor two employees of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for aiding an injured co-worker and three injured motorists while on the job.
“I am proud to present these awards to Aaron Schmidt and Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn for taking timely, professional, and effective actions to help fellow workers and members of the public,” said Goldmark, who also leads DNR.
Aaron Schmidt came to the aid of three persons injured when their vehicle spun off a road and over a steep embankment in Cowlitz County last March. After calling 911, Schmidt assessed and stabilized the injured patients, including one who was trapped in the vehicle, and provided first aid while waiting for medical help to arrive. He also helped the local fire department carry the victims up a steep embankment and ready them for transportation to a local hospital. Schmidt is a forester in DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region, headquartered in Castle Rock in southwest Washington State.
Photo: Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presents award to Aaron Schmidt:
Hearing calls for help while working on a snowy hillside in Skagit County, Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn located a DNR co-worker who had broken an ankle and fallen on a steep slope. After summoning help to the remote area by radio, Ohlson-Kiehn moved the injured person a warm vehicle to wait for an ambulance to arrive. His action likely prevented the injured person from going into shock in the cold conditions that day. Ohlson-Kiehn is a natural resources specialist in DNR’s Northwest Region, headquartered in SedroWoolley.
Photo: Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presents award to Ohlson-Kiehn:
DNR employee awards
The DNR employee quarterly recognition awards program was created in 2010 by Goldmark, who selects the honorees from nominations by the department’s managers. The program also includes annual awards made in innovation and other categories, based on nominations from all employees.
The awards programs are designed to recognize significant efforts in support of DNR’s Strategic Plan 2010-2014.
DNR manages about 3 million acres of state-owned trust lands for revenue to trust beneficiaries including public schools, universities and public services in several counties. The department also manages about 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, including the bedlands under Puget Sound. Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
The direct link to Strategic Plan 2010-2014: The Goldmark Agenda is http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_strategic_plan_2010_goldmark_agenda.pdf
Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, Bob.Redling@dnr.wa.gov
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