West Virginia University doctor John Prescott was looking for some rest and relaxation last June but life had other plans.

He and his family were driving to a summer vacation spot in South Carolina when they saw an overturned car burning in the highway median.

Using a fire extinguisher from another driver who also had stopped, Prescottdepartment chairman of emergency medicinequickly put out the fire and attended to two injured passengers

One was not badly hurt; he was able to pull him from the wreck and off to the shoulder of the road. The other, however, was trapped in the car and more seriously injured.

Prescott stayed with her and worked to stabilize her for transport with the emergency medical technicians when they arrived. He also rode in the ambulance with his patient to a nearby landing zone where they met a helicopter from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Both occupants survived the wreck.

For his life-saving efforts, Prescott received the WVU Presidential Heroism Award from WVU President David C. Hardesty during a 2 p.m. ceremony Thursday, April 5, at Erickson Alumni Center.

Robert DAlesandri, vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the WVU School of Medicine, nominated Prescott for the award.

“John has always exhibited strong leadership skills and portrays the ability to think quickly on his feet. He is caring and compassionate toward everyone whom he encounters,”he said.”I feel this incident further shows his leadership as well as his dedication to his fellow man, even at the risk of personal injury.”

Campus Service Worker Brenda Floyd received the Good Samaritan Award for her actions in January.

While working her 10 p.m.-6 a.m. shift, Floyd found a partially clad, soaking wet, intoxicated and very sick student at Bennett Tower. Recognizing that the girl was in serious distress, she assisted the young woman and kept her conscious until medical assistance arrived.

Graduate assistant Chintamani Manish also received the Good Samaritan Award for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow student who was choking.

“I didnt realize the value of this training until I actually had to use it,”Manish said.

Students Brian Anderson, Christopher Ferro and Christie Shaffer received the Safety Achievement Award of Excellence for their membership and participation on the 2000-2001 Student Administration Board of Governors. They were commended for organizing and implementing Safety Week 2001, a week-long program recently held in the Mountainlair.

Also receiving Safety Awards of Excellence were Housing Area Manager Ralph Schmitt; Housing Trades Supervisor Jerry Howell; and Senior Laboratory Specialist James Hall.

Several Building/Unit Safety Committees also were recognized: Brooks, Hodges, Clark, Chitwood, Knapp, Stewart, E. Moore and White Halls; HealthSciencesCenter; Housing and Residence Life; Mountainlair; NationalResearchCenter for Coal and Energy; Physical Plant, Potomac State College and Public Safety and Transportation.

President Hardesty also recognized Environmental Health and Safety Director Roger Pugh for his outstanding safety services to the University and community during his more than 30 years at WVU .

Larry Gibbs, Stanford Universitys associate vice provost for Environmental Health and Safety, was keynote speaker.