From Harford County Government:
(Bel Air, MD) – Rex McDowell, an equipment operator at the Harford Waste Disposal Center, Compost Facility has been selected as the “Employee of the Month for September 2011” Rex was co-nominated by his manager, Jerry Scanlan, as well as a Joyce Kelly, a Harford County resident.
The nomination submitted by Joyce Kelly praised Rex McDowell for his quick response and action that saved her husband from a tragic accident this past June. In her nomination, Mrs. Kelly stated, “my husband took a load of yard waste up to Tollgate Landfill. He backed up to unload the contents when his truck stalled. My husband went around to the back of the truck and at that moment the truck jumped out of gear and started rolling backward, knocking my husband to the ground. Rex McDowell grabbed my husband by his belt and pulled him to safety before the truck rolled over his head.”
As the result of the quick life-saving action taken by Mr. McDowell, Ed Kelly sustained only a minor injury to his ankle. For his bravery and action which may very well have saved the life of Mr. Kelly, Rex McDowell was selected as “Employee of the Month for September 2011”. McDowell has been employed with Harford County Government since 1990.
Commenting on Rex McDowell’s selection as “Employee of the Month for September 2011”, County Executive David R. Craig stated, “Rex’s actions exemplify a standard of excellence, integrity and distinguished service. Due to his quick thinking and prompt response during a dangerous situation, Rex McDowell undoubtedly saved the life of one of our citizens, while jeopardizing his own safety. On behalf of the people of Harford County I congratulate Rex on receiving this special honor.”