US Security Guards at Georgia-Pacific’s Big Island Mill to be Honored
Big Island, Va., (July 21, 2016) –On Friday, July 14, the parents of an unresponsive two-year-old boy came to the guard gate at Georgia-Pacific’s Big Island mill. Security Officers Lieutenant Roderick (RJ) Nowlin and Captain Graham (Danny) Humphreys were on duty that day. The boy had evidently drowned in a local swimming pool. One of US Security guards on duty, RJ Nowlin, began CPR while another guard, Danny Humphreys, called Big Island EMS. RJ’s training and quick thinking enabled him to revive the boy and stabilize him until EMS arrived. The rescue squad at Big Island EMS took the child to the hospital for further treatment. On July 20, the boy was released from the hospital and returned home with his family.
Georgia-Pacific’s Big Island mill will facilitate an event on July 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Big Island EMS, which will honor the two US Security guards whose training helped to save this boy’s life. The focus of the event will draw attention to the importance of safety training and preparation. The Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Jones will both attend this event to recognize Officers Nowlin and Humphrey’s training, response, and professionalism. Media is invited to attend this event.
“Georgia Pacific is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all our employees and due to the remote area of the Big Island mill, our Security Officers are state trained emergency first responders. It is important to recognize that all safety training has value and this is a great example of that training in action. The guard’s quick actions and level heads are the reason that this child has a second chance at life.” – Tim Chatlos, GP Public Affairs Manager “
Ceremony will be July 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the Big Island EMS Station:
10961 Lee Jackson Hwy Big Island, VA. 24526
About Georgia-Pacific Big Island
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. Headquartered in Atlanta, it is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, employing about 35,000 people at more than 200 facilities worldwide. Located about 15 miles north of Lynchburg on the James River, the 126-year-old Big Island mill employs about 330 people.