Tuscola Plant Honors Four Heroic Employees with CEO Lifesaver Award

August 16, 2018

Local First Responders Recognized for their Life Saving Measures

TUSCOLA, Ill. – Aug. 16, 2018 –When Cris Irace, an administrative assistant at LyondellBasell’s Tuscola Plant started her work day one cold January morning, she never imagined it would result in saving a life.

Irace quickly took action and engaged the onsite emergency response team when a colleague began to experience a personal medical emergency, resulting in the loss of consciousness. 

Rushing to the scene was Derrick Fair, Vicki Clark and Randy Rafferty who responded with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR efforts. All three have been trained by LyondellBasell first responder’s program and have professional medical training. 

Within a minute of AED use, the team resuscitated their colleague and found a pulse. The responders provided rescue breathing until the Tuscola Fire Department arrived on scene and took over from our responders. 

“Looking back everything moved very quickly and our instincts just kicked in,” said Irace. “But the right steps were taken, and I am just glad at the end of the day, our colleague is ok.” 

Irace, Fair, Clark, and Rafferty were all recently recognized with the LyondellBasell CEO Lifesaver Award.

In addition to the employees recognized, first responders from the Tuscola Fire Department and Carle Ambulance were also presented with a plaque and heartfelt thank you.

“We were just doing what we are trained to do,” said Brian Moody, Tuscola fire chief. “This story resulted in success and a happy ending.”


About LyondellBasell’s Tuscola Plant
The Tuscola plant employs around 100 people and occupies nearly 900 acres. The site produces ethyl alcohol, diethyl ether and specialty polymers. Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is used in many health care and personal product applications such as hair spray, capsule manufacturing, hand sanitizer, and pharmaceutical cleaning. Diethyl ether finds applications as a laboratory reagent solution, usage in chemical synthesis, as an ammunition drier, and starter fluid. The specialty polymers produced here include microfine powders used as additives in personal care products, lubricants, binding agents, water filtration systems, and moisture barriers.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB)
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2018, LyondellBasell was named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune Magazine.  More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com.