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Engineer receives CEO Lifesaving Award for off-the-job heroism

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​Sometimes a trip to the coast is just a family vacation.

And sometimes it puts you in the right place at the right time to save a life.

That’s what happened to Dan Long, Design Engineering, on Oct. 17. Long and his family were traveling to the coast when he observed another vehicle driving erratically. After merging behind Long’s car, the vehicle left the roadway, heading down a steep embankment and coming to rest in the Wilson River near Tillamook, Oregon. 

Long, a Marines Corps veteran, stopped to assist the driver while his wife called 911. The vehicle was submerged in the river up to its windows, and a woman was attempting to get herself and an infant out of the vehicle. With the help of another motorist,

 Long was able to help the woman and baby out of the car and to shore. First responders arrived to care for the pair.

“Sometimes we are placed in situations where we can use our abilities to help others in need,” Long said. “I was glad to be put in a position where I could use my core principles, do what is right, and help ensure another person was able to make it home that day.”

In recognition of these efforts to provide life-saving assistance, Energy Northwest CEO Bob Schuetz awarded Long the CEO Lifesaving Award. Long received the award during the Nov. 16 manager and supervisor meeting.

“There’s a little bit of risk to your own life when performing life-saving actions. But through Dan’s quick actions, he was able to save a young baby and her mother. This could have easily been a catastrophic situation,” Schuetz said. “It is my honor to present this award to Dan. On behalf of all of us at EN, thank you for being a member of our team.”

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