SAVANNAH, Ga. – Lee Summers, a journeyman line technician for Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), has been recognized for his efforts to render aid to the victim of a serious motorcycle accident.
Summers, who works at the cooperative’s Snellville location, was presented with the Georgia EMC Life Saving Award at the state association’s annual meeting on November 14. The award recognizes EMC employees whose quick thinking and actions are instrumental in safeguarding others from dangerous or potentially deadly situations.
This past May, Summers came upon the horrific accident involving a motorcycle and light truck on his way home from work. Upon stopping, Summers saw that the motorcycle rider was in critical condition and not breathing.
“There were several people at the scene, and we took turns administering CPR until Walton County Fire Rescue and EMS arrived,” said Summers. “I knew we were only about a mile from a small fire station and two miles from a larger one.”
Despite everyone’s best efforts, the motorcycle rider did not survive. Summers has mixed feelings about receiving the award, but says “I know we did everything we could, and it’s certainly an honor to receive the award. The truth is, I was doing what I would have wanted done for me or my family in the same situation.”
Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 125,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens.
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