On October 9, 2014, Linda Calderiso, Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) trainer, and Courtney Crouse, NEPPA Communications Manager, travelled to the Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) to present an important award to one of its employees, Tim Judd. The MEDIC First Aid Good Samaritan Award recognizes a member of the community who responds in a medical emergency situation with extraordinary action to provide life-sustaining care. Judd, a utility systems operator, has been with HG&E for 27 years.
In June 2014, Judd was enjoying dinner with his family at a restaurant in East Wareham, MA. During dinner, he noticed a woman at the next table was having trouble swallowing. Judd walked over to the woman and asked if she was OK, over and over. When the woman did not respond, Judd’s CPR training kicked in, he knew he had to act. He asked her to stand up so he could perform the Heimlich maneuver. On his third attempt, he was able to clear the obstruction from the woman’s throat. The woman was extremely thankful for Judd’s quick action and treated the Judd family to dinner.
This was the first time Judd had to use his CPR training to help someone in need. "It came so natural, it was unbelievable," said Judd. "With the training I have received over the years from Linda, I was able to respond quickly and confidently to help her."