Mr. Osei Akras and Mr. Smith Recognized as FCPS CARES of the Month Recipients!

Summer 2023 Region 5 Recipients

By FCPS Department of Human Resources
October 26, 2023

paul osei akra and blair smithCongratulations to Mr. Paul Osei Akra and Mr. Blair Smith on their recognition as the Summer 2023 FCPS CARES Region 5 Recipients of the Month, presented by the FCPS Department of Human Resources.

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Below are the write-ups submitted by Alexa Pugnetti, a colleague at Woodson HS.

Paul made a life-saving decision for one of our custodians on July 5th. When checking in on his night crew staff, he noticed that one of them was acting out of the norm. Paul called his supervisor, DSA Blair Smith, and told him about the situation. Paul and Blair assessed the custodian's wellbeing and made the decision to call 911. Luckily they did, because the custodian was having a medical emergency and thanks to their quick response time and awareness of their employees and peers they saved this custodian's life.

Blair received a late-night call from our Building Supervisor stating that one of our custodians was acting out of the norm. Even though Blair was already at home for the night, he rushed up to the school to check on the situation. Once he got to the school and assessed the custodian's well-being, he made the decision to call 911. They got to the hospital and rather than leaving him there, Blair sat with this gentleman throughout the night. Our custodian had a medical emergency and Blair, along with our Building Supervisor, saved his life with their quick response times and awareness of their employees and peers.