On Feb. 20, Charles Hall, vice president of power plant operations for Mississippi, saved the life of a child who nearly drowned. In his humble way, he credits divine intervention and training provided by the company.
“We were packing to move when our neighbor’s teenage daughter ran over, screaming about her nephew,” said Hall. “I went to help and discovered the boy had fallen into a pond and was unconscious and unresponsive.”
Hall said the child had neither breath nor pulse, so he immediately began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. He said several minutes later, water sputtered from the child who began to breathe on his own.
“I'm glad I was there when help was needed,” said Hall, “and that I knew what to do, thanks to the training I’d received from the company. But, really, I was merely a tool that helped bring the child back to life.”
Entergy Mississippi President and CEO Haley Fisackerly recently presented Hall with the President’s Lifesaving Award. “We’ve given out 16 President’s Lifesaving Awards since 2008. Charles is one of the first two non-craft employees who have received the award,” said Fisackerly. “When we talk about safety being a way of life, Charles is a prime example of that.”
Hall is grateful for the positive outcome of this experience. “The joy we shared with the family after medical personnel confirmed that the child was fine; it was overwhelming,” he said. “I can’t even contemplate the memory I would have now if I had not been trained properly to help save this child.”