News Release
July 12, 2005


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five Duke Energy employees were honored today – one posthumously -- with the company’s Robinson Citizenship Award, representing extraordinary efforts to help humanity or save a life.

Honored were:

  • Kevin Bertrand, liquefied natural gas plant operator, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Hagar, Ontario
  • Terry Harrison, hydro operation and maintenance technician, Duke Power, Great Falls, S.C.
  • The late John “Plezz” Henson, hydro operation and maintenance technician, Duke Power, Great Falls, S.C.
  • Wayne Lloyd, senior land specialist, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Tommy Simpson, pipeline specialist, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Haverhill, Mass.

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.

Kevin Bertrand’s quick work helped save a mother and child from a snow storm accident in Northern Ontario.

Seeing tire tracks veering off the highway one night, Bertrand stopped and turned on his vehicle’s hazard lights. Making his way down the steep slope of a ravine, he found a pickup truck flipped on its side with two passengers inside.

Bertrand took control of the situation, dialing 911 with the location of the accident and an assessment of the victims’ injuries. He then pulled the child from the vehicle and climbed into the truck to free the mother. Bertrand’s flashing caution lights had attracted more travelers and an ambulance was arriving just as he helped both passengers to the roadside.

Terry Harrison and John “Plezz” Henson were driving home in separate vehicles when they came across a terrible auto accident. Both were well-trained in emergency response and immediately sprang to the aid of a man injured in the crash.

Both suffered burns as they pulled the driver away from the burning vehicle and began to administer CPR and first aid until they were relieved by the paramedics who had been alerted by concerned motorists.

Despite the best efforts of everyone on the scene, the victim did not respond and was later pronounced dead by emergency personnel. The victim’s father later thanked them for their heroic efforts.

Wayne Lloyd and his wife Wanda open their home to a team of dedicated volunteers from the Urban Bridge who help prepare meals to feed the homeless on the streets of Vancouver. Every Friday night, the Urban Bridge’s “Night on the Town” project distributes clothes, toiletries and over 300 meals to those living on the streets of downtown Vancouver.

In addition to his involvement in the “Night on the Town” project, Wayne also serves on the Urban Bridge’s board of directors. In this capacity, Wayne has brought motivation and direction to the fundraising efforts of the volunteer organization. He has assisted in the development, implementation and measurement of key goals for the Urban Bridge and has helped to raise $55,000 for programs like “Night on the Town.”

Tommy Simpson was surprised recently to find a co-worker late for their morning meeting. Unable to reach his fellow worker by cell phone, pager or at home, Simpson followed his instincts and went to the employee’s apartment. 

When his co-worker didn’t answer his door, Simpson convinced the manager to let him in. They found Simpson’s co-worker lying in a semi-conscious state, unable to move or speak.

Simpson called 911 and traveled with his co-worker to the hospital. After several weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit, the employee’s condition improved. He had been a victim of a rare reaction to a prescription medication.

Simpson’s outstanding judgment, courage and friendship saved the day.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
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