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Workplace heroes to be honored for saving lives while on the job

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Sept. 25, 2018 #18-028

Spokane – For most people an intense workday might be filled with meetings, unexpected and difficult assignments, and working long hours. But, every year, a handful of workers in Washington are in the right place at the right time, and they do the right thing to help save a life.

This week in Spokane, 30 Washington workers will be honored for reacting to emergencies and saving lives during their workdays. The Governor's Lifesaving Awards will be presented at the annual Governor's Safety and Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Each story is compelling. In one case, three Port of Tacoma patrol officers, along with a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer, responded when a distraught woman climbed an overpass railing and appeared ready to leap to the busy highway below. After several harrowing moments, the four officers sprang into action and pulled the woman back to safety as she began to let go.

Another rescue came after a helicopter crashed in a remote area while the crew was tagging mule deer. Two Department of Fish and Wildlife workers first drove and then hiked into the site and rescued two seriously-injured crew members.

These are just a few of the inspiring stories of regular workers who became real-life heroes. Each is a reminder that tragedy can strike any time in any place, and lifesavers are always in our midst.

The awards will be presented by KXLY's Good Morning Northwest anchor Robyn Nance at a Sept. 27 noon luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center. People can attend as part of the conference or separately; the cost is $30, but tickets are limited.

The conference, sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), includes safety demonstrations, workshops, and special events like the Annual Forklift Rodeo and the Annual Poletop Rescue Competition.

More information about the conference and the awards is available at the conference website.

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For media information: Frank Ameduri, L&I Public Affairs, 360-902-5413.

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