Co-op employee honored with lifesaving award

Crawford Electric Cooperative employee Joe Cartwright was recently honored with a lifesaving award at an industry meeting for his role in performing CPR on a heart attack victim earlier this year. Joe and his wife, Amy, were at a rodeo in Humansville, Mo., in April.

Both jumped into action to perform CPR on the rodeo’s pickup man (horseback rider who helps guide animals back to the pen) who collapsed in the arena and had no pulse. Their immediate actions kept him alive until first responders were able to take over.  As part of the co-op’s safety training program, all employees are trained in first aid and CPR. Joe says the training he received helped him do what he could without a thought. “It just kind of kicked in,” he says. Crawford Electric CEO Tony Mallory added, “This is not the first time Joe has had to spring into action for a medical emergency and use his cooperative training. Joe is the consummate professional in everything he does and is a give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy. His actions do not surprise me at all.” Pictured are (from left) CEO/General Manager Tony Mallory, Amy and Joe Cartwright.