Klein’s ShopRite’s Lynne Gryctz and Samuel Williams honored for saving the life of a co-worker

PICTURED, LEFT TO RIGHT: Keith Lockett, Howard Klein, Samuel Williams, Linda Gillum, Michael Klein, Kayla Blaise, Lynne Gryctz, Josh Thompson, Jean Lockett and Roi Tucker.

The quick action of two Klein’s Shop Rite employees who saved the life of a co-worker last month were honored at a ceremony this past week. Here are the details:

Klein’s ShopRite’s Lynne Gryctz and Samuel Williams Successfully Performed CPR on Keith Lockett; “They Saved His Life!”

Jacksonville/Phoenix, Maryland: At a ceremony on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Klein’s ShopRite of Jacksonville associates Lynne Gryctz and Samuel Williams were publicly thanked and honored for saving the life of fellow associate Keith Lockett, who had suffered cardiac arrest on the job on Monday, March 5, 2013.

Klein’s ShopRite Human Resources Coordinator Lynne Gryctz remembers the day perfectly. “Daniel Little in the deli ran over and told me, ‘Keith Lockett has collapsed!’ I immediately called 9-1-1 and ran to the deli, holding the phone. It was obvious to me that Keith wasn’t breathing. The 9-1-1 operator said, ‘Do CPR!’ I told Daniel to get the defibrillator machine we have in each store while the 9-1-1 operator instructed me on how to do CPR. It was hard but I did it until Samuel Williams, another Deli clerk, took over. Between us, we continued CPR until the paramedics arrived. I just wanted Keith to start breathing again — I remember saying to him, ‘Breathe, Keith — breathe!’ I’ve never done CPR before and I sure hope I never have to do it again — but just in case, since then I’ve taken a CPR course!” she states.

“This was a case of a co-worker in desperate need of help, and there I was,” says Deli Clerk Samuel Williams. “It meant a lot to me to see Keith start breathing again. Now he looks fine!” he adds.

The paramedic team took Keith Lockett to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was stabilized and eventually released. “I have no doubt these brave people saved my son’s life,” says Jean Lockett, Keith’s mother.

Among those attending the ceremony, which was chaired by Roi Tucker, Human Resources Director of the Klein’s ShopRite chain of stores, were Keith Lockett, his mother Jean Lockett, Lynne Gryctz and Samuel Williams, Jacksonville ShopRite Store Director Josh Thompson and Assistant Store Director Robin White, and Klein’s ShopRite principals Michael J. Klein and Howard S. Klein.

Gryctz and Williams each received a certificate of commendation for their act, plus a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Michael Klein, Vice President of Klein’s ShopRite, commented that “We are extremely proud that our staff reacted timely and successfully in such a caring fashion for their fellow associate.  We believe they would have done the same for anyone who unfortunately suffers an acute health issue while in the supermarket.  Anticipating such issues as heart attacks or need for defibrillation, we have AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) devices in all locations and our staff is certified to use this equipment, if need be. In this case, chest compression was the immediate task at hand which worked!” he adds.

Vice President and General Counsel Howard S. Klein concurred. “Our goal is to always place customer safety at the highest level in the stores.  Our Associates’ quick response reflects this same attitude, and we extend our sincere thanks to them and are so proud that they are members of our work force,” he states.

Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland operates 6 grocery stores in Harford County and 2 in Baltimore County. A 9th store is scheduled to open in Baltimore City later in 2013. For more information please visit www.ShopRite.com.