Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for October to Cary Steele, Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor for the Communications Unit of the Police Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Communications Coordinator Julie Righter Dove nominated Steele in the category of productivity for his work to improve the existing cardiac arrest protocol. Steele attended a Resuscitation Academy in Seattle, Washington with EMS Supervisors from Lincoln Fire and Rescue. He returned with several ideas for ways the 911 Center could improve survival rates for patients with sudden cardiac arrest. One of those ideas was the creation of an ECHO response. The ECHO designation is given to those cases with the highest priority. Righter Dove said Steele was instrumental in creating a process to modify the protocol for these cases to allow for immediate dispatch of EMS personnel and provision of CPR instructions.
Righter Dove wrote, "Since adoption of the ECHO response protocol on June 1 of this year, the 911 Center call processing times for these types of calls has decreased approximately thirty seconds, which can be critical for these types of incidents."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety, valor and loss prevention. 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 award 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: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources 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.