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County workers honored for heroics, dedication


As she choked on a piece of meat during lunch at the Westminster Senior Center one day last February, 80-year-old Genevieve Friedline was scared.

"That's an awful feeling," she said. "You think you're going to die. You can't talk."

But Mrs. Friedline was sitting in the right place. Olivia Schrodetzki, assistant program coordinator at the center, jumped up from the next table and used the Heimlich maneuver on Mrs. Friedline to dislodge the meat.

"During the procedure, I was calm," Mrs. Schrodetzki said. "But after, I got weak in the knees."

County employees will honor Mrs. Schrodetzki for her quick action at a ceremony at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the County Office Building.

Martin Norwood, who works at Hoods Mill Landfill, also will receive an "Employee Appreciation and Humanitarian Award," which carries with it a plaque and a $100 savings bond.

County employees honor their peers with the awards each quarter, said Bev Billingslea, assistant director of the Department of Human Resources and Personnel Services.

Employees make nominations to the 11-member Employee Ombudsman Committee, which chooses the recipients, she said.

Mrs. Schrodetzki, a county employee for five years, had learned the Heimlich maneuver in training sessions, but said she never had used it before that February day.

Mrs. Friedline, a Westminster resident, said she usually goes to the center three or four days a week for exercise and social activities.

"She saved my life," she said of Mrs. Schrodetzki.

Lynette Brewer, Bureau of Aging community services supervisor, nominated Mrs. Schrodetzki for the award.

Mrs. Schrodetzki said her husband, Frederick, and daughter, Sherri Wehland, and granddaughters Ashley and Emily Wehland plan to attend the ceremony.

Mr. Norwood, a county employee for 15 years, was nominated for the award by co-worker Misti Plog, weigh master/cashier at the landfill. He is being honored for "his overall courtesy and service to the citizens of Carroll County," according to a news release.

His job is to run the tire shredder at the landfill, but he often helps women and older men who have brought loads of debris, Ms. Plog wrote in her nomination form.

"He's polite, nice and considerate of other people," she wrote.

Mr. Norwood has contacted police about stolen cars left on property near the landfill, and he nursed back to health two kittens that came to the landfill in the back of a truck, Ms. Plog wrote.

Mr. Norwood could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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