Each year, Duke Energy’s James B. Duke Award
honors employees who have made an impact on their
communities, neighbors and the industry. And there’s
no bigger impact than saving a life.
Kentucky employees Denny Caple and Chris Thomas
were leaving their truck when they were startled by
the screech of a quick acceleration in the parking lot.
When the Gas Operations employees looked over,
they found the driver of the nearby truck slumped
Caple and Thomas knew exactly what to do.
They rushed to him and pulled the unresponsive
construction worker from the vehicle. After a moment
of consciousness, the victim passed out again.
Co-workers Cliff Jeffery, Mike Highhouse and
Bill Stanforth, also witnessed the incident and
rushed to help as the construction worker went
into cardiac arrest.
As a team, the men performed CPR until paramedics
arrived to take over the compressions and administer
four shocks with an automated external defibrillator.
At the hospital, the doctor said the construction
worker’s artery was fully clogged, and, if not for the
team’s quick action, he would have died.
Throughout its many states, Duke Energy employees
have accomplished a number of heroic acts – consistently going above and beyond to help others.
Each year, Duke Energy’s James B. Duke Award honors employees who
have made an impact on their communities, neighbors and the industry.