DUKE ENERGY RECOGNIZES FOUR EMPLOYEES WITH ROBINSON CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
Established in 1961, the Robinson Citizenship Award has annually recognized Duke Energy employees for outstanding efforts to the company and the community. The award is named for William Smith O’Brien Robinson Jr., who served as Duke Energy chairman from 1957 to 1959, and worked for the company for 53 years. Robinson died in 1967.
During the December 2002 ice storm, Marcus Dillon and Gregg Fields were on their way to cut limbs from some ice-covered power lines. They stopped to investigate the cause of smoke from a nearby house.
Fields immediately contacted a dispatcher, asking her to call 911. Concerned that someone might be inside, Dillon ran to the house. Seeing someone inside, he pounded relentlessly on the side door until getting an answer from an elderly woman. She was unaware that the back portion of her house was on fire, even though smoke was visible throughout the house. She asked him to look for her husband, who was upstairs.
Fighting thick smoke, Dillon finally located the elderly man and helped him down the stairs. The Duke Power crew took care of the couple until emergency personnel arrived.
Penny Montgomery’s sister-in-law is healthy today thanks to her generosity. Several years ago,
The surgeries were successfully completed in 2002.
Over the course of his career as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, Henry “Penny” Wallace has taught 400 boys how to navigate life.
Twenty years ago, Wallace reactivated Boy Scout Troop 172, which serves two
In weekly meetings and once-a-month camping trips, Wallace taught the boys the finer points of scouting. During it all, Wallace gladly accepted the surrogate father role. Wallace has had incredible success with his troop: 24 of his 400 scouts (about 5 percent) have earned the highest rank, Eagle – about twice the national rate.
Wallace is credited with having turned around many of the Scouts’ lives. He is a recipient of one of the Boy Scout’s most prestigious awards, the Silver Beaver Award, for distinguished service to young people.
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