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Hometown Heroes Honored

9/7/2011 10:53:14 AM

Karen Hopper of Shelby and Aaron Ollis of High Point were presented with Hometown Hero awards at the ElectriCities 2011 Annual Conference held August 26 in Asheville.


The Hometown Hero award recognizes any municipal employee who has made an outstanding effort to save a life or lives. Hopper’s split-second decision to act beyond the call of duty saved the life of a motorist. Hopper, a Shelby police officer,  responded to an automobile accident. Upon arrival at the scene, she found the driver slumped in the seat and unresponsive. Hopper immediately pulled the driver from the vehicle, placed him on the ground and began administering CPR. She continued CPR until EMS arrived at the scene. The man was taken to the hospital, where it was discovered he was having a heart attack. He received a triple bypass surgery a week later.


The man’s wife was so moved by Hopper’s actions she felt compelled to personally write and thank her, noting that she was proud to know her city’s employees were so dedicated and well trained.


Last summer, Ollis, a groundskeeper with the High Point Parks and Recreation department, was with a team mowing in an isolated section of the Oak Hollow Campground. His supervisor was mowing a sloped area when his mower quickly lost traction and slid into Oak Hollow Lake. In an instant, the mower flipped over, into the water.


Ollis’ supervisor was trapped underwater and could not free himself. Without hesitation, Ollis entered the water, and began trying to move the heavy mower. After several attempts, he was successful and helped his supervisor safely to the shoreline, then contacted emergency responders.


Ollis’s quick thinking and action saved his supervisor from drowning.

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