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September 12, 2005
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award Of Excellence For August

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for August to Lincoln Firefighter Gregory Bell. 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 today’s City Council meeting.

Bell was nominated in the category of productivity by Fire Captain Bill Moser. Bell has been a Lincoln Firefighter since December 2000. He has worked at 12 of the 14 Lincoln Fire and Rescue stations with a perfect attendance record.

In 2002, Bell asked to be assigned to Fire Station One, the busiest station in the City, and he was selected to serve there because of his skills and abilities. Moser said, “Greg safely drives and operates fire apparatus and ambulances and has expertise at assisting paramedics on medical calls where life and death situations are common place.”

In June 2004, Fire Chief Mike Spadt awarded Engine One a Unit Citation Award for effectively extinguishing an apartment fire. This fire occurred early in the morning and several residents were at home and in danger. Bell was the driver and pump operator at the fire. He navigated the engine to a strategic position, quickly and effectively pumped water, and maneuvered hose lines to assist attack teams.

Another example of his work occurred during a blizzard this past January when a critical care infant and neonatal nursing team needed transport from York to a Lincoln hospital. Air transport was not possible and the State Patrol had advised against traveling on Interstate 80. Assistant Chief Richard Furasek called on Bell to drive the ambulance. Furasek later told Bell, “Even though the conditions were hazardous, with snow and ice on roadways, your actions to help those in time of need, show your dedication and professionalism to your job. People like you make this community a caring and more pleasant place in which to live and work.”

On his days off, Bell works for Lincoln Electric System reading electrical meters. This helps him as a Firefighter by making him familiar with streets, addresses and hydrant placement. Bell also was one of several Firefighters to receive Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s most prestigious life-saving award, the Phoenix Award, this past May.

“Greg is an exceptional employee, highly reliable, conscientious and responsible,” said Moser. “He excels with hands-on training and use of common sense, working at making himself indispensable.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. 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. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. 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.

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