The Wanapum Dam Emergency Response Team and former Grant PUD Chief Operations Officer Kevin Marshall recently received prestigious awards from the Northwest Public Power Association.

Marshall received the Milton Hunt McGuire Award for excellence in engineering and operations. Marshall served for more than four decades in civil, structural and in-water engineering and leadership of dam safety and in the region and throughout the country, according to a release from the PUD. He recently retired from Grant PUD but continues in a part time role as a project specialist.

The emergency response team was awarded the 2021 Safety Heroism Award for their quick response and rescue of two PUD contractors.

In November of 2020, a rescue boat carrying two contractors performed patrols when the boat suffered engine problems and overturned. Both onboard were tossed into the cold water of the Columbia River. Dam personnel quickly responded and rescued the contractors.

Team members included hydro mechanics Steve Gilliland, Brian Saunders, Mike Allen, Travis Havens and Willie Stone; Power Plant Operations Chief David Burk; Hydro Mechanic Foreman Jeremy Coleman; Foreman Electrician Roy Bensch; Supervising Foreman Mark Riggs; Senior Power Plant Operator Bill Nichols; and Electrician Ty Mertes.

“These folks do Grant PUD proud,” said Kevin Nordt, Grant PUD General Manager & CEO. “They embody the values of safety, innovation, service, teamwork and integrity we hold dear at Grant PUD. We thank NWPPA for honoring them – and all of us – with these distinguished awards.”

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