Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for 2000 to Officer Mario Robinson, a six-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department. The award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city.
Robinson won the monthly award for April 2000 and has already received a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.
Robinson was honored in the category of valor for his role in a March 14, 2000 bank robbery incident in which Retha and Leslie DeBrie of rural Greenwood were shot in their home. Robinson was involved in the investigation of a bank robbery at Capitol Beach Boulevard and West 'O' Street. The robbery appeared to be similar to another Lincoln bank robbery less than a week earlier. In that incident, the suspects stole a vehicle to use in the robbery and then stole another vehicle to take Interstate 80 to Omaha. Robinson positioned himself to help in a possible interception of the suspects’ vehicle.
A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the suspects’ vehicle, and during a pursuit, the suspects’ car left the roadway and drove through a cornfield. The Deputy was not able to follow. Officers then learned of a shooting at a rural Greenwood home. Robinson was one of the first officers on the scene. When 911 dispatchers informed the officers that they were no longer in contact with the injured couple in the house, Robinson decided to enter the residence.
After finding the couple, Robinson quickly determining the couple had sustained life-threatening injuries and began treating Mr. DeBrie’s gunshot wounds. He gave instructions to another officer for treatment of Mrs. DeBrie. When the Greenwood Rescue Team arrived, Robinson gave them a report of the victims’ conditions and the extent of their injuries, allowing the team to administer first aid more quickly and efficiently.
"Officer Robinson has extensive training in emergency medical techniques, and this training, along with his law enforcement skills and calming demeanor, saved these two people’s lives," said Sergeant Sandra Myers. "Officer Robinson did not hesitate to take over the situation once he arrived, and his judgement and life-saving skills were invaluable on this occasion."
Members of the Greenwood Rescue Team called after the incident to thank Robinson for his excellent work. It was the opinion of Greenwood Rescue, said Myers, that Officer Robinson’s actions were definitely life-saving for the injured couple.
All city employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. In addition to valor, employees can be nominated in the categories of safety, productivity, loss prevention and customer relations. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.
Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor.