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Energy Northwest employee to receive agency lifesaving award

Mike Paoli, Public Affairs, 509-713-4950  
Carla Martinez, Public Affairs, 509-372-5156    

RICHLAND, Wash. – Cathey Anderson, Energy Northwest occupational health supervisor and registered nurse, will receive an agency lifesaving award Monday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. during an all-employee meeting at Columbia Generating Station.

While flying to Yakima Aug. 5 from Wendover, Nev., Anderson noticed a male passenger was having a seizure following indications of disorientation. She immediately left her seat and attended to the passenger during the seizure, and later, while providing direction to another nurse on board, helped provide first aid for a cut the passenger sustained. Anderson assessed the passenger’s condition for the crew, and provided recommendations for on-scene medical assistance upon arrival. Using oxygen to assist his breathing, the passenger remained under Anderson’s care throughout the remainder of the flight.

“We ask our employees to watch out for each other, and Cathey certainly demonstrated that behavior in this situation,” said CEO Brad Sawatzke. “Her quick action to administer medical treatment may have averted a tragedy.”

News media are invited to attend the meeting. Please coordinate access to Columbia Generating Station with one of the above media contacts.

About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind, as well as the third-largest provider of electricity in Washington – the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power facility. These projects provide carbon-free electricity at the cost of generation – enough clean, cost-effective and reliable energy to power more than a million homes each year. As an independent joint action agency of Washington state, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. In 2016, the Association of Washington Business named Energy Northwest “Employer of the Year.”


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