OJIBWAY CORRECTIONAL Facility corrections officer Steve Greil, second from left, displays a Lifesaving Award he recently received from the state Department of Corrections. From left are, DoC Acting Assistant Deputy Director Lloyd Rapelje, Greil, OCF Warden Linda Tribley, Captain Scott Michelli (nominating supervisor).
MARENISCO - Corrections officer Steve Greil of the Ojibway Correctional Facility was recently awarded the Michigan Department of Corrections Lifesaving Award for his heroic actions that saved a child's life this past summer.
While at the beach with his family on July 5, Greil observed a child floating face down in the water in Sunday Lake in Wakefield. He rushed to bring the unresponsive child to the shore and helped clear a food item lodged in the child's throat. The child began breathing and regained consciousness.
Greil continued to monitor the child until EMS personnel arrived on the scene. The child has since made a full recovery, according to OCF warden Linda Tribley.
"Steve continues to downplay the situation, but his keen observation skills and immediate actions clearly saved the child's life," Tribley said.
In a letter of recognition, Michigan DOC director Dan Heyns commended Greil for his "outstanding professionalism and sincere concern for others in such a stressful situation."