Emily Clark of Chickasaw National Recreation Area received the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board's outstanding community service award on May 7th for saving the lives of an entire family she found sleeping in their home during a fire that destroyed their residence. She discovered the fire while driving to her National Park Service office on the morning of February 6, 2012.
The citation read as follows:
The ability to respond heroically to a life threatening situation is not simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It involves the ability to seize the moment and take action in a situation that is inherently dangerous and stress-producing. In taking these actions under very challenging circumstances, Emily played a key role in saving the life of a family and performing a vital service on behalf of the community in which she lives and works. This award recognizes Emily’s heroic deed, as well as the good work that all federal employees accomplish in order make Oklahoma a better place to live and work.
The Oklahoma Federal Executive Board presents this award annually in honor of Public Service Week. The first week of May has been designated Public Service Week since 1985 by the President and Congress. It was established to honor the men and women who serve as federal, state, county and local government employees. In 2012, 102 people were nominated in 16 categories. These awards are presented to recognize outstanding work that civilian employees do to serve the public.