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Project Service Award

Team Project: Snow Removal During the March 1, 2007 Blizzard


Dan McClelland, Tom Ballou, Chuck Shaw, Roger Rose,
Craig Robarge, Chris Untiedt

On the evening of Thursday, March 1, 2007, most UMD staff were home. The campus had closed at 1:00 that day, in anticipation of the blizzard which had been predicted in advance. But there were some UMD staff from Facilities Management Department that were not nestled safely at home with their families, and we want to recognize their efforts today.

UMD grounds and fleet services crews dealt with unbelievable conditions for several days as a result of that storm. Throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning they struggled to keep the snow removal equipment working and the snow cleared, so that emergency access to the campus was available. With visibility so poor that a second crew member had to ride along to watch for pedestrians and obstacles (so the driver could focus strictly on plowing) they managed to keep the campus open for emergency vehicles. At one point, Roger, Chris and Chuck even cleared the snow to free an emergency vehicle. A fire truck was stuck over at Fire Hall 4; our crew freed it and then cleared the Fire Hall driveway, since the City crews couldn't keep up. Crew members were exhausted from the work but, even after the storm had passed, continued to work long shifts for the next 3 days so that classes could resume on Monday.

For your dedicated service during that March 2007 blizzard, I am very grateful and pleased to present you with this project award.

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