Andrew Tatarenko, Business Administrator, honored a Mount Olive employee who went above and beyond her duties and helped save a resident’s life at the Council Meeting that was held on Tuesday, February 19. Marcy Merola has been employed with the Township since May 15, 2017. Marcy started part time as our Senior Transportation Coordinator. Not only does she coordinate the routes, but on many occasions, Marcy does the transports herself. She has formed a tremendous bond with the senior community and is a great asset to Mount Olive. Marcy was recently made full time this year, due to her exceptional work and growth of the senior transportation program.
On Friday, January 18, Marcy filled in for one of our drivers to take a 69- year old resident to his weekly dialysis appointment to St. Clare’s Medical Center in Dover. Marcy had taken the man, who lives alone, to dialysis treatment in the past, noticed that he wasn’t waiting at his door as he normally did. Before pulling away from his residence, Marcy noticed that he seemed disoriented and that his breathing appeared labored. Due to her knowledge of his previous health conditions, Marcy grew concerned for his condition. After pulling out onto Rt. 46, Marcy asked the gentleman if he wanted her to stop and get him a bottle of water. Seconds later, Marcy noticed that he had slumped over, appeared to have stopped breathing and became unresponsive. She immediately pulled over and called 9-1-1. Marcy determined the man’s pulse was very low and realizing she couldn’t get the gentleman out of the car, Marcy quickly thought to recline the chair back and proceeded with chest compressions until the police department arrived. Marcy’s quick actions during this critical time, undoubtable helped to save the man’s life. On behalf of the Mayor, Marcy was presented a “Life Saving Award” for going above and beyond her duties as a Township employee.