Gov. John Carney recently recognized and celebrated the efforts of the 2017 recipients of the Delaware Award for Excellence and Commitment in State Service, winner and finalists of the Governor’s Team Excellence Award and winners of the Governor’s Award for Heroism.

The award winners and nominees were recognized for their efforts in service to the state of Delaware.

“Every day public servants provide quality services that all Delawareans depend upon,” Carney said. “Today, we celebrate the achievement of select individuals and teams that have demonstrated a commitment to their work. I thank not only them but all state employees for the work they do every day.”

The 2017 recipients of the Delaware Award for Excellence and Commitment in State Service are Ronald Bounds, Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Angela Garnsey and Deborah Walker, Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Daina Gunther, Department of Correction, Probation and Parole; Randy Greer, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; and James Ristovski, Office of Management and Budget.

This year’s recipient of the Governor’s Team Excellence Award is the Delaware Learning Center Project Team. This cross-functional team of information technology and training staff from several state agencies led the way in implementing a centralized, cloud-based learning management system designed to serve the needs of state agencies and improve the access and availability of training for all state employees.

The 2016 successes of the DLC include early adoption of the system by all executive branch agencies, elected offices and the courts; more than 189,000 state employees, contractors and stakeholders registered for training; and 127,000 registered for online training with a 92 percent completion rate.

In addition to the award recipients, two other teams were recognized as finalists: New DCIS Team, Department of State & Department of Technology and Information; and Delaware Open Data Portal Team, Delaware Open Data Council.

The 2017 recipients of the Governor’s Award for Heroism:

— Greg Buchman, Christopher Conley, Scott Hayes and James Scott, from the Department of State, for performing CPR on a co-worker who collapsed and then providing assistance to emergency medical services staff when they arrived.

— Julius Davis, from the Department of Corrections, for pursuing and providing information about an armed robbery, witnessed after his shift ended.

— Jay Galloway, from the Delaware Department of Transportation, for saving a woman being accidentally dragged by a car in a parking lot.

— James Gordy, from DelDOT, for saving a child being attacked by a pitbull.

— Harry Hutchison and Joe Kowalski, from DelDOT, for assisting a motorist following a hit and run accident they witnessed.

— Chad Kalodner, from the Department of Correction, for assisting in the apprehension of an attempted armed robbery.

— Jason Luff, from DelDOT, for his response to a fire in an apartment building where he lived.

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