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Robin Swan & Sam Baldonado, Week of February 8 2010

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Robin Swan works in the Nutrition/Transportation Division of the Senior Affairs Department. Sam Baldonado works in the Home Service Program also in the Department of Senior Affairs.

Robin Swan and Sam Baldonado recently came upon senior citizens in dangerous situations. The incidents happened at different times and different places, but their courage to do the right thing has earned both of them this week’s Employee of the Week.

Robin delivers meals to homebound seniors each weekday. On a cold day in January Robin opened the door to a senior woman’s home only to find a strong odor of natural gas. Robin realized the senior had turned on all four of the burners on the gas stove to heat the home, but there were no flames. The entire house was consumed with natural gas. Robin opened the doors and windows to allow the gas to dissipate and called 911 immediately. Robin also called Adult Protective Services to ensure a case manager could make sure the senior got the assistance and future support she needed. Robin’s peer who nominated her wrote in the nomination form, "Had it not been for Robin’s intervention and caring, conscientious efforts, this woman’s life and the lives of others in the apartment complex could have been lost."

Sam arrived at a 75 year old woman’s house for a scheduled assessment for a minor repair to unclog a sewer line and noticed a very strong odor of gas in the home. When Sam looked around to figure out where the odor was coming from he noticed a large hole in the sheetrock where the gases were escaping into the home. Sam called the local gas company to further assess the situation and learned poisonous gases from a sewer line were getting into the home. The senior lives with four of her young grandchildren and Sam knew the family needed additional help so he called the American Red Cross. The Red Cross helped get the problem resolved quickly and the family was able to safely go back into their home the same day. Sam’s peer who nominated him wrote in the nomination form, "Due to Sam’s quick response to this dangerous situation the lives of the senior and the four small grandchildren were saved from living in a hazardous environment or the hardship of being displaced into unfamiliar surroundings."

From left: Patrick Chavez, Senior Affairs Director Jorja Armijo-Brasher, Sam Baldonado, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Robin Swan, and Gladys Peltomaki.

From left: Patrick Chavez, Senior Affairs Director Jorja Armijo-Brasher, Sam Baldonado, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Robin Swan, and Gladys Peltomaki.
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