NEW MADRID - Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. recently named Roy Shaw 2004 Safety Person of the Year at the New Madrid Power Plant, located in the St. Jude Industrial Park.
Shaw, a journeyman mechanic at New Madrid, was nominated for helping a co-worker who began choking during lunch March 20, 2004, said Alice Swilley, New Madrid safety coordinator. When the incident occurred, Shaw acted quickly and performed the Heimlich maneuver, likely saving the co-
worker's life, according to his nominators.
In addition to being named Safety Person of the Year, Shaw is receiving an Excel Commendation for Courageous Response for his quick thinking and action. The commendation is given to an employee who demonstrates initiative, judgment, resourcefulness and perseverance in protecting AECI personnel and property.
Swilley said Shaw is also an active participant in New Madrid's safety awareness program and a member of the power plant's Emergency Response Team. AECI's top strategic objective remains ensuring an accident-free workplace. The annual Safety Person of the Year award is given to an individual at New Madrid Power Plan who demonstrates a commitment to and knowledge of safe work practices. The Safety Person of the Year is chosen by the respective plant's safety committee from a list of 12 Safety Persons of the Month, nominated by plant employees.
Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. is owned by and provides wholesale power to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Iowa that serve more than 848,000 customers.