June 26, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – Too many times the difference between working Union and Non-Union are underscored by both sides, mostly in unpleasant terms – but just before Memorial Day on Buffalo’s massive SolarCity Project, two Members of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 used their safety training to perfection on a fellow out-of-town, Non-Union Construction Worker who had collapsed and began to turn blue after his heart stopped.
The two Local 17 Members – Keegan Lachut and Ron Morin, are now being praised for helping save the unidentified, 29-year-old man’s life.
Morin, 38, said: “We’re ‘all’ brothers and sisters here. People have ‘got to step up (when something like this occurs).’ It’s ‘truly a miracle’ he’s here today.”
Said Lachut, 36: “His family ‘couldn’t thank us enough,’ but it’s ‘thanks enough’ just to see him sitting there (when the two went to visit the Worker in the hospital).”
WNYLaborToday.com met with the two at the SolarCity Project last week to recount what had happened at the massive 1.2 million-square-foot project where solar panels will eventually be manufactured, how they responded and what they’re taking away from a situation that resulted in stabilizing the Worker until Emergency Medical Personnel arrived.
It was just before Memorial Day when the two received a call of a “medical episode” involving a Worker who had collapsed inside the sprawling plant that’s currently being constructed. To read more click on the following link