Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter 2022 Employee Recognition Winner Internal Nomination:
Patti Heilner - LETS
The individuals who nominated Patti wrote:
"I would like to nominate my coworker Patti. Patti has worked at LETS for 18 years. She is one of our early morning drivers, which presents itself with challenges the rest of us don't regularly face. She is one of the first to encounter construction zones, confront rush hour traffic, and harsh winter weather conditions before the roads have been plowed and few bus drivers are available for assistance. She handles the stress with ease and, additionally, offers help to dispatch or other drivers when she can. She is a safe and reliable driver who has compassion for her passengers. As an example, a few months ago she noticed a passenger was in distress and called 911. It turns out the passenger was having a heart attack, and Patti's call for help possibly saved their life. But this story is no surprise to anyone who knows Patti. She has a heart of gold. She's a knowledgeable, dependable person with a fun and witty personality. Her coworkers and passengers love her. She deserves to be recognized for her outstanding service to our community".
"Patti is always aware of a Rider's Safety and Well-being. On April 8th, a Rider Boarded Patti's Bus and did not seem to be "herself" - she was anxious. After just a few minutes on the Bus, Patti noticed the Rider was more anxious and struggling to breathe. Patti pulled her Bus to the side of the road and called 9-1-1. Patti reported her location and situation to L.E.T.S. Dispatch and kept them apprised of events. Ultimately the Rider was taken by LivCo EMS to the Hospital. Patti's awareness of her Rider, her quick-thinking, and quick response were key to preventing a serious situation from becoming worse. A few days after this occurred the Rider called back to thank L.E.T.S. - and Patti specifically - because she had been having a heart Attack".
"Hal and I have been married for just over 35 years. Very proud of my 2 sons and their families. They are wonderful husbands and fathers. I have 3 grandkids, they fill my heart with joy. I enjoy home improvement projects with my talented husband.
I often refer to myself as a mermaid and my husband is my cabana boy. Sunday fundays on our beach with family and friends are always welcome for a visit. People might be surprised to know that I am great on a Segway. I enjoy riding while camping with my family.
In 1987, I met Elton John. His manager came up to me and asked if I wanted my picture taken with Elton. He gave in a hug and let me try on his Cool Sunglasses! St. Patty’s Day is special because it’s my birthday. I had a passenger which I’ve driven in the past on my bus. After just a few minutes I notice she was in distress with her breathing. I pulled over and called 911. The wonderful paramedics and fireman were there to assist in no time. And took her by ambulance to the hospital. Later I
found out she was having a heart attack. I just drove her the other day and was able to talk with her. She thanked me and we had a conversation. Come to find out her late husband and my brother were great friends in high school. I enjoy each day helping riders get out in the community. I wish I would have kept a journal of all the stories these 18 years. It would be a read one day to look back on. Thank you my dear coworkers for this nomination. Each of my coworkers deserve to be nominated. I’m sure each
has a story also, Thanks for taking the time to send in my nomination fellow coworkers."
Number of years employed by Livingston County: 18 Years
Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter 2022 Employee Recognition Winner External Nomination:
Elyse Fuentes- Clerk Circuit Court
The individuals who nominated Elyse wrote:
"They helped me file a PPO and guided me through the process"
"She is very helpful, kind and all around nice. Thank you"
"She was so helpful. Very kind and patient"
If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go and why?
I would go to Peru. I travel there whenever I am able. I like to spend time with my family that lives there and explore the country. I love the culture, food and music. There are still so many places I haven't seen and many I would like to revisit.
What's your favorite genre of book or movie?
I like to read science fiction, horror, fantasy or mystery.
Number of years employed by Livingston County: 5 Years