Job Corps employee honored for life-saving action

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 23 April 2021 at 8:57 pm

Provided photo: From left, Brian Fox, ETR president/CEO of Iroquois Job Corps; John Thomas, operations director; Rafael Rodriguez, Independent Living adviser; and Dennis Essom, Center director, pose in the Conference Room after Rodriguez was honored for saving the life of a fellow Job Corps employee.

MEDINA – An employee of Iroquois Job Corps was recognized this week for saving the life of a fellow employee.

Rafael Rodriguez is an Independent Living adviser who, without hesitation, put his First Aid/CPR training to work by performing the Heimlich maneuver on another staff member who was choking on an object lodged in his throat.

His actions saved the fellow staff member’s life, said Dennis Essom, Center director, in a press release.

Rodriguez was presented with a certificate of recognition, a monetary award and a paid day off.

The award was presented by Brian Fox, ETR president/CEO; John Thomas, operations director; and Dennis Essom, Center director.