Yesterday the city held its Spring Employee Recognition Event. Ten EPPD employees were recognized for their years of service, including Detective Dean Corder who has served the city for 30 years.
In addition, Officer Chris Fietek and Sgt. Jess Irmiter were each awarded the City Manager’s Quality Award which is given to employees who have performed at a high level of productivity and quality that regularly exceeds normal expectations.
Officer Fietek received the award for her work managing the department’s medical equipment including Narcan (the drug that saves people in the midst of opioid overdoses), AEDs and first aid kits for the past 15 years. In addition, Officer Fietek has also managed the department’s radar and laser equipment for the past seven years, which includes maintaining inventory and scheduling testing and maintenance.
These duties were not assigned to her, they are not part of her job description and she is not compensated for them. She does them because she takes pride in our equipment, pride in her work and pride in our organization. We are fortunate to have someone in the department who is willing to tend to this tedious, yet extremely vital, task.
Sgt. Irmiter received the Quality Award for his initiative and execution of an active shooter training for city employees. Sgt. Irmiter worked closely with other city departments to conduct three training sessions for employees who work in the City Center building. The training covered critical information on lockdown procedures so employees could understand how to prepare and react safely in the event of an active shooter.
The lockdown drill took place November 15 and was deemed a success. Following the drill, Sgt. Irmiter scheduled a debrief session for city staff to answer questions and get feedback on the drill. Sgt. Irmiter’s professionalism, attention to detail and expertise made the lockdown drill, in a large building full of people, run smoothly.
We would like to congratulate Officer Fietek, Sgt. Irmiter and the other EPPD staff who were recognized for their accomplishments.