Mayor Chris Beutler presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to Captain Bret Davis of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of yesterday's City Council meeting.
Davis has worked for the City since 1979. Fire Apparatus Operator William Hershberger nominated Davis in the categories of customer relations and productivity for his work as the CPR program manager for LFR.
Davis has volunteered for the position of CPR Program Manager for 20 years and has been an instructor for the American Heart Association for more than 25 years. For the past 20 years, Davis also has been the Regional Instructor Facilitator Trainer. He keeps all LFR employees as well as 24 CPR instructors current on their CPR certifications. In addition, Davis trains instructors for the Lincoln Police Department, 911 Dispatchers, Southeast Fire and Rescue and Pfizer. Hershberger says Captain Davis has easily trained more than 1,000 students on this life-saving skill.
Along with his duties as an instructor, Davis also maintains all of the equipment and records for all CPR classes. Davis spends a lot of his own personal time to keep the CPR program running successfully. In his nomination, Hershberger wrote: "He always has a positive attitude, even with all of the changes throughout the years in CPR. He is a valuable asset and needs to be recognized as such."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, safety and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are considered by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.