Township Employee Named Citizen of the Year for Lifesaving Actions
Recycling Employee William Epps named Citizen of the Year by the Public Works Association of New Jersey after he saved a choking woman at Dunkin Donuts.
The Public Works Association of New Jersey Region V honored South Brunswick Recycling Inspector William Epps as its Citizen of the Year at their Annual Award Luncheon held on December 11.
Epps, a 23-year employee of the township, was recognized for his quick actions in helping to save a choking woman during the spring.
On April 17, Epps arrived at the Dunkin Donuts on Ridge Road and found the manager of the establishment choking on a piece of food. Epps performed the Heimlich maneuver on the woman and was able to dislodge the obstruction.
"His quick and decisive action saved the life of the store manager," said Mayor Frank Gambatese earlier this year.
Epps was also honored by the South Brunswick Board of Education last year for his work in the township's recycling program. The board recognized Epps and Recycling Coordinator Nancy Paquette for their contributions to the education of township children on the topics of green living and recycling, through the hosting of assemblies, planning visits to the recycling center, teaching about composting and maintaining a continuous relationship with the community.
“Bill is a hero, and we are proud of him and his actions,” said Director of the Public Works Department Raymond Olsen. “The caliber of our work force is second to none, and this is just another example of the type of caring and competent employees who serve the public daily.”