MINT HILL – The Mint Hill police and fire departments recognized Jamel Merriman with a Life Saving Award for his quick action to help a co-worker in medical distress.
Merriman, of Mint Hill, was working at Harris Teeter in Matthews when his supervisor began having a seizure. Merriman’s actions kept the victim from suffering a potentially serious head injury in a fall.
“At first I was unsure because I saw her in the middle of it,” Merriman said. “No one else had noticed yet what was happening. I tried not to panic. I was able to catch her before she fell. It was a while before the ambulance came, and I stayed with her.”
Merriman participates in the IGNITE program for young adults with high-functioning autism. At IGNITE, Merriman took a safety certification course at IGNITE that helped him know what to do in this situation.
IGNITE is a program of the Autism Society of North Carolina. It was founded in partnership with NASCAR legend Ray Evernham’s foundation, Evernham Family Racing for a Reason Foundation.