Each year, Monsanto provides Global Safety and Ethics Awards to recognize employees whose personal character positively impacts their communities. As part of these awards, we acknowledge a special group of employees who have saved lives in emergency situations.
Jennifer, Regional Business Director, Woonsocket, South Dakota
Q: Tell us what you did in order to earn the Actively Caring Life Saver Award?
A: I saved a colleague’s life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.
Q: What can you tell us about this life-saving event?
A: I was attending a baseball game with customers and colleagues. One of my colleagues, Cheryl, was standing a few feet away and eating roast beef. I noticed that she was choking, and gave her a few seconds to cough it up, as it’s always uncomfortable to be choking in a social setting. I quickly realized she was not making noise or able to breathe. I performed the Heimlich Maneuver on her, which opened her airway and stopped the choking.
Q: How did you know what to do in this situation?
A: I was a lifeguard in college, and was certified through various Red Cross classes that taught the proper technique for the Heimlich Maneuver.
Q: What has this life-saving experience taught you about yourself?
A: It reminded me about the importance of safety training. When it happened, I was able to act quickly and on instinct rather than taking time to think about how to stop someone from choking. Thanks to my previous training, I was able to do it successfully.
Q: How does it feel to have received an award for saving someone’s life?
A: I am very honored to receive the award. It’s not something I thought about at the time, but it is a very nice recognition given Monsanto’s high regard for employee safety.