ARL employee recognized for saving fellow employee's life

October 11, 2011

Story Highlights

  • Joseph Trammel recently awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service.
  • ARL Director John Miller presented Trammel with an ARL Director's coin.
  • Trammel saved the life of a fellow ARL employee earlier this year.

Joseph Trammel, team lead and security specialist for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., was recently awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service for his outstanding efforts associated with saving the life of a fellow ARL employee earlier this year.

According to the award citation, Trammel was serving as the acting chief for the Experimental Support Group at WSMR when an employee failed to show up for work on April 21 and Mr. Trammel was unable to reach him or any of the emergency contacts listed for this individual by way of telephone.

Trammel was very concerned since this type of action was completely out of character for this particular employee. Mr. Trammel was concerned enough that he drove an hour to the employee's home.

While Trammel was in route, he ensured that emergency service personnel were also called to meet him at the residence. When Trammel and emergency service personnel arrived, they found the employee unconscious and barely breathing due to health complications. They were able to revive the employee and provided transport to an El Paso, Texas, hospital, where he recovered.

Trammel's wife and son joined him during the award ceremony. Additionally, Trammel received an ARL Director's coin from ARL Director John Miller.


Last Update / Reviewed: October 11, 2011