Cary LeBlanc of Emily, an Emergency Medical Technician and former cook at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, this week received the organization’s Catch of the Year Award for going above and beyond caring for others. She was recognized for taking it upon herself to provide refreshments and meals for emergency responders and residents during a January 2018 tragedy at Heartwood Senior Living Community.
Her nominator wrote: “Cary was made aware of the incident that was going on and immediately stepped into action. She had breakfast burritos, coffee and water sent over to the EMS/police officers and medical examiners knowing that they were going to have a hard day. Then she took it upon herself to start lunch for the crews as well. She did all that with no direction and no questions asked, she just did it because it was the right thing to do. Once receiving direction on what the plan was to feed the Heartwood residents, because their kitchen was not able to be used, Cary amongst others dropped everything they were doing and started an assembly line to get 70 meals sent over. After lunch was done, she then started preparing dinner for the residents--all this at the same time she was doing her normal job at Cornerstone. She truly stepped up in every way possible and showed so much dedication during such a difficult time. She is amazing!”
Each month, CRMC recognizes an outstanding employee with the Trophy Fish Award for going above in his or her job duties. A Catch of the Year Award is presented once a year during the organization’s Healthcare Week Celebration.