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 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Eric Oates is a good man to have around if you're injured or need help.
 Oates is foreman of a high voltage wires crew for Southern California Edison, where he helps keep the electricity flowing through thousands of miles of overhead transmission lines. It's a dangerous job, where Oates and his fellow crew members are responsible for each other's daily safety.
 But Oates doesn't just limit his life-and-death situations to his job. He's always coming to the rescue of people in danger and distress, with no thought to his own personal safety. That's why Edison is awarding him a medal for valor ... for the third time.
 In May of this year, Oates helped out in two dangerous situations. Early in the month, he was off duty when he arrived at the aftermath of a violent traffic dispute where a young man was shot in the chest. Despite the danger, Oates gave the man cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), although the victim later died.
 "A woman on the scene when I got there said she was a nurse, but when I looked up she had disappeared," said Oates. "I guess the situation scared her, because those guys could have come back. But I couldn't think about that, the guy needed help."
 Later in the month, that same attitude brought Oates to the rescue of a traffic accident victim. A truck driver lost control of his pickup and flipped it several times, landing upside down. Oates grabbed a first aid kit, climbed into the cab to free the driver and worked on him until paramedics arrived.
 The same scenario happened in 1988 when Oates witnessed a similar car accident. Oates says he found the young driver unconscious and bleeding with no pulse, but was able to revive him. However, the boy was delirious and struggling violently, and Oates had to restrain him until rescue personnel arrived.
 For his quick action and bravery under dangerous situations, Southern California Edison awarded Oates this week a gold Jack K. Horton award for valor. Oates has already earned a bronze and silver Horton medal.
 The Horton awards were established by Edison to honor employees who distinguish themselves by acts of courage, self-sacrifice, initiative and resourcefulness in an emergency situation, or humanitarian service.
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