Consumers Energy Employee Receives Award for Helping Senior Citizen
LANSING, Mich., June 9, 2014
LANSING, Mich., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Consumers Energy employee
credited with saving the life of a Shiawassee County resident was recently
recognized with an award from the State of Michigan.
Toni Fabus, a Consumers Energy meter worker, received a Gatekeeper of the Year
award from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) and Commission
on Services to the Aging for actions she took to rescue a senior citizen and
for referring the Elsie resident to vital resources available through senior
The recognition is awarded annually to a Consumers Energy employee for
providing an exceptional example of identifying and assisting at-risk older
adult Michigan residents.
Fabus is based in the Owosso Service Center and has 35 years of experience
with Consumers Energy. While on a service call last spring, she heard screams
coming from inside a home with locked doors. The screams sounded very
desperate, said Fabus, so she searched until she found a window she could
open. She found an 86-year-old woman inside who had fallen several hours
earlier, was injured and unable to move. She comforted the injured woman until
help she had called arrived.
In addition, Fabus referred the woman to the OSA as she has been trained to do
through the Gatekeeper program. The agency was able to assist the senior with
housing services that enabled her to remain living independently.
"Toni Fabus's thoughtful actions are a great example of how the Gatekeeper
program can make a positive impact on the lives of older adults across the
state," said Kari Sederburg, OSA director. "I want to thank Toni for her
commitment to helping those in need and Consumers Energy for helping to make
this important program possible."
The Gatekeeper program is made possible through a partnership that began with
Consumers Energy and Michigan's Aging Network in 1987, and the award
presentation took place at a breakfast event in May during an agency board
meeting in Lansing.
In the past 27 years, Consumers Energy employees have referred more than 6,000
older adults to the Gatekeeper program.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
LEARN MORE: More information about the Michigan Office of Services to the
Aging is available at: www.michigan.gov/osa
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