Local Highway Patrol officers honored for innovation

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 3:43 p.m.

RALEIGH — Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Kieran Shanahan, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several employees and civilians awards from the department in a ceremony Tuesday at the SBI Auditorium in Raleigh. The awards given included the NCDOT Award, Citizens Appreciation Award, Samaritan Award, Meritorious Award and Humanitarian Award.

Secretary Shanahan said, “In addition to their dedicated service to the state, these recipients’ exemplary actions make them most deserving of these prestigious awards.”

“Each of these employees and civilians is to be commended on their actions and contributions to the citizens of the state of North Carolina and to our department,” said Grey.

Locally, Troop E members received the Meritorious Group Service Award: Motor Carrier Enforcement Initiative. It went to Trooper Kendell E. Jackson, Trooper Eric M. Todd, and Trooper Dennis R. Brackman Jr., all of District 9.

The citation states:

“This nomination is for the cost saving initiative that was implemented in January 2013 by the scale technicians assigned to Troop E. The members involved took it upon themselves to design, manufacture and amass accessories to the existing scale presses in order to make it more proficient and less vigorous for the process of calibration checks.

“There are approximately 1,250 operational scales in (the) state that are calibrated and checked for accuracy twice a year. These scales weigh approximately 40 pounds. Any one scale technician could lift as much 6,240 pounds during calibration check session. At a minimum, these scales are personally handled by scale technicians three times in sequence. This is equivalent to 3,750 times the scales are personally handled. The enhancements made by these members not only reduced cost, but also lessened the repetition, risk of injuries and fatigue to members from each scale being handled.

“As a result of the exceptional determinations of these members, the initiative would have cost the state an estimated $9,668.52 to outfit the existing nine presses. After the member’s partnership and expenses incurred, they fabricated, added aftermarket parts, and implemented same at a total cost of $1,204.49 for the entire inventory of scale presses.

“The members are to be commended for their unexpected labors, enhancements, creativity, cost savings and the scale technician’s welfare for the organization. Their actions resulted in a projected cost savings of $8,464.03.”

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