Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


May 19, 2015


LYNCHBURG- Four Lynchburg District Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees were recently recognized with Commissioner’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement during the 2015 Garver Leadership Conference.

Betty Majors, administrative and office support in the District’s Construction and Local Assistance sections, was the recipient in the category of Community Service and Volunteerism. Among Majors activities have been volunteering at a local nursing home, serving as an official on the Halifax County Electoral Board, fulfilling duties as secretary and treasurer of the Halifax County chapter of the NAACP, presiding over her church’s missionary association for 10 years, singing in her church choir for 40 years and as vice-president of Banister Baptist Missionary Association, of which she will become president in two years.

Randy Fish and James McDilda, transportation operators at the Appomattox Area Headquarters, Appomattox Residency were recognized with the Heroism Award. Fish and McDilda were removing debris, including a car part from a roadside in Appomattox County when each felt something just wasn’t quite right despite there being no telltale signs of an incident. Looking around, walking down a slope and moving brush they came upon an accident site. The ejected driver had been thrown from the vehicle the previous night, was injured and suffering from hypothermia. Using the first aid training they received at VDOT, the wrapped him in their coats and kept him calm until emergency crews arrived.

Sidney Sands, Sr., transportation operator at the Craftons Gate Area Headquarters in Charlotte County, Dillwyn Residency received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Pop” as he is called by is co-workers and many others, has been an advisory, mentor, trainer and positive influence to countless employees during his 47 years at VDOT. He is considered a “walking library” of best maintenance practices and information on the roads and people served by his area.

VDOT’s Garver Leadership Conference includes plenary sessions and keynote speakers on various aspects of the Department’s business including leadership, as well as the Commissioner’s Awards ceremony.

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