“What a difference a day makes”

We have heard this said many times in our lives, but it is a true statement. The Tohono O’odham Utility Authority for the past year has been training its staff in First Aid, CPR, and AED. This is nothing new to the Authority as it is a requirement for many of the field staff. This year it was a goal to train every staff member.

Oren Williams, a recent new hire, of the Water Department, took the course on July 5, 2017, as part of the required training. In the early morning of July 24, only nineteen days after the class, Oren traveled to Big Fields to complete an assigned work task. He came upon one of the local residents unconscious on the side of the road. Earlier that morning while the individual was negotiating a curb, he lost control of his motorcycle and took a spill that rendered him unconscious with a severe head injury and unspecified internal injuries. Oren, remembering what he had learned, took the necessary steps that possibly saved the individuals life.

Our hats go off to Oren for his heroic act of compassion while in the performance of his regular duties. This incident is a reminder of uncertainties of life and the importance of being prepared for saving a life of loved ones, friends, and acquaintances.


Photo: Ray Johnson, TOUA Safety Coordinator, presenting Oren with a Certificate of Recognition.