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April 5, 2004
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents March Award of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Kluthe of Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.

Kluthe was nominated in the category of productivity, by Fire Captain William Moser. Kluthe joined the City in 1999 and is now assigned to Medic #1 and Engine #1, the busiest fire apparatus unit in the Department. His duties include a large number of patient contacts, working with medical personnel in emergency rooms and extensive documenting of a patient's condition and care. In addition to his firefighter training and responsibilities, Kluthe checks, cleans and stocks the ambulance. He also helps with ordering and stocking Station #1 medical supplies, which includes supplies for Engine #1, Medic #1 and Medic #21.

Kluthe was recognized in February 2003 by the Sons of the American Revolution as Firefighter of the Year. Chief Mike Spadt nominated Kluthe for this award because of his “leadership abilities, extremely skilled patient care, compassion, and his active participation in Lincoln Fire and Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) and Nebraska Task Force 1.”

Kluthe has been involved with USAR since 1998. He assisted with ordering and organizing the initial supply inventory and is still responsible for ordering and tracking supplies and drugs. He also organizes medic training, which includes annual drills designed to have a medical staff ready for prompt deployment to an area disaster. To enhance his USAR and Fire Department activities, Kluthe has participated in many additional training opportunities.

Kluthe's involvement as a Preceptor requires spending additional time instructing, and monitoring medics. Being a Preceptor involves a thorough knowledge of protocols, assessments, charting, drugs, team leadership safety, and all medical skills needed to be proficient. “Dave's leadership role as a Preceptor puts him in the key position of shaping the work habits of future medics and in this endeavor, he excels,” wrote Moser. “Dave is able to think on his feet, and his thorough, intelligent observations are always valued at emergency calls and for making better routine daily decisions.”

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.

All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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