Fleet Mechanic named Monroe County's 2018 Employee of the Year

Monroe County Employee of 2018 Donald Lowrie with then Mayor David Rice 10-18-1


In May 2018, Donald Lowrie heard screams coming from a young girl being attacked by two large dogs and came to her aid, suffering severe injuries to himself in the effort. For his heroics, as well as his day-to-day, exceptional performance as a Mechanic Generator Technician for the Fleet Management Department on Plantation Key, Lowrie was named Monroe County’s 2018 Employee of the Year.

“The child received multiple bites,” Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson wrote in his recommendation of Lowrie for the award. “If it wasn’t for Mr. Lowrie’s actions, things may have been much worse. Mr. Lowrie did not hesitate to put himself in danger, possibly saving the life of a small child, and at the very least rescuing her from a frightening and bad situation.”

When Lowrie heard the screams coming from his neighbor’s home, he ran up the stairs to help. The dogs turned their attention to Lowrie, allowing the girl to escape to safety. Lowrie fell down the stairs while being attacked by the dogs. He suffered multiple injuries that have required ongoing surgeries.

Lowrie will be honored at a future Board of County Commissioners’ meeting.

Four times a year, Monroe County senior management selects an Employee of the Quarter from people nominated for the service award. These employees are chosen for going above and beyond their own work responsibilities and for showing a continual demonstration of the values of the County.

Lowrie was recognized as Monroe County’s Employee of the Third Quarter. The other Monroe County employees who were recognized as employees of the quarter for 2018 are:

  • County Attorney’s Senior Coordinator Brian Bradley. He worked for weeks during his off-time, including holidays and weekends, to find vessels with deep drafts to increase the depth canals could be cleared of Hurricane Irma debris with federal funds.
  • Firefighter Flight Medic Sean Ojeda. His quick thinking and steady actions helped save a life during a routine hospital-to-hospital patient transfer that quickly became life-threatening during a Trauma Star air ambulance flight; and
  • Road’s Department Sign Technician Cody Moeller. After Hurricane Irma, Moeller was reassigned to a new job, eagerly putting in the time and effort to learn the new skill. This had led to the quicker replacement of destroyed signs on County roads.