NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marlon Bounds and Darryl Henry both mechanics on the fleet at the Cumberland River Operations Center are named as the employee of the month for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District for March 2013
Bounds and Henry are both mechanics on the fleet at the Cumberland River Operations Center and are recognized for their maintenance expertise, heroics and selfless service.
On February 25, 2013 while they were leaving work at the Cumberland River Operations Center in Madison, Tenn., a visitor at the nearby Old Hickory Dam recreation area was walking with her two leashed dogs. She and her dogs were approached and attacked by three unleashed dogs.
Her dogs were injured in the attack.
Immediately recognizing the person was in need for help, Bounds and Henry called for emergency assistance, aided her wounded dogs, and remained with her until police arrived.
They provided statements to the officer and only departed when they knew the visitor and her dogs were safe.
The citizen later contacted the Corps in an attempt to find the good Samaritans wanting to let them know she was grateful and that their act of kindness would always be remembered.
Bounds and Henry both deploy to various locations up and down the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers to provide maintenance support.
Patty Whitmore, Cumberland River Operations Center Navigation office assistant said Bounds’ and Henry’s work speaks for itself and their passion for continuous improvement and flexibility is a driving force in their ability to do their job well.
“Marlon and Darryl are great guys and love what they do,” said Whitmore. “They are very good at their jobs and usually have to think fast because of safety factors and providing maintenance in various situations,” said Whitmore.
As lock mechanics, Bounds and Henry are regularly called upon for their experience and knowledge in the area of safety and maintenance at almost any location on Area Rivers,” said Whitmore.
Bounds and Henry say they were just helping in an unusual situation and downplayed the event.
“We are proud to have such exemplary employees that display acts of kindness in this manner,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon, Nashville District deputy commander.
“Both employees displayed courage and extraordinary selfless service, their actions provided an example for all to emulate, and we hope all employees show these characteristics because this response is an outstanding reflection on them, the Nashville District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Dagon.