NTPC employee first in NWT to be honoured with national lifesaving award

NTPC employee first in NWT to be honoured with national lifesaving award
Darren Hazenberg, centre, accepts the CEA Lifesaving Award from federal labour minister Kellie Leitch and Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington at an awards reception in Ottawa.Photo: Greg Teckles.

Darren Hazenberg, known by coworkers as a quiet, humble guy, is the first NWT resident to receive a national award from the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) for a lifesaving attempt.

Hazenberg was nominated for the award by David Duncan, director of transmission and distribution for the Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC). He told The Journal he was happily surprised Hazenberg agreed to accept the award.

“Typically he wouldn’t be somebody that would be looking for any recognition,” Duncan remarked.

The 2013 CEA Lifesaving Award has been presented annually since 1922 to employees of CEA member companies involved in lifesaving attempts.

Hazenberg was chosen because of events last fall that saw him take immediate action to try and save a man’s life who was suffering from a heart attack.

Hazenberg and his wife, Kim Riles, were traveling between Yellowknife and Fort Providence when they saw a car stopped on the side of the road. The couple pulled over to ask if anything was wrong and soon discovered the driver of the car was suffering from a heart attack. Responding quickly, Hazenberg performed CPR on the man.

Both Hazenberg, who as a NTPC employee has formal CPR training, and Riles, who works in a hospital, were “uniquely qualified” for the situation, Duncan said, and performed admirably when others might have balked under the pressure.

“It clearly stands out, the amount of dedication from both he and his wife,” Duncan said. “Under the circumstances they did something far beyond what I would be able to do and I suspect most people.”

Emanuel DaRosa, president and CEO of NTPC, said in a press release that the company is pleased to see that Hazenberg, a power technician with NTPC for the past eight years, has been so highly recognized.

“He saw someone in need and didn’t hesitate to help. I’m proud to have employees like him representing our company,” DaRosa said.

Hazenberg was able to travel to Ottawa with his wife in early November to receive the award at the annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards Reception. More than 130 guests attended the event held at the Château Laurier including representatives of the CEA, federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington.

“I am pleased to see CEA members’ excellent track record and their long-standing commitment to the health and safety of their employees, contractors and to members of the public in the communities in which they operate,” Jim Burpee, president and CEO of the CEA, said in a release.

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