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November 4, 2013

ODOT honors area duo

Two Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers were each recognized as Division One’s Employee of the Quarter recently, according to a media release.

Dale Orr received the award for the second quarter of 2013, and Sam Duvall was honored for the third quarter of the year.

Orr, who was anonymously nominated for the award by a coworker, is a Transportation Specialist V at the Muskogee residency and has worked for ODOT for 28 years.

“Dale is conscientious and takes his job very seriously,” the coworker said. “Having experience in both construction and maintenance helps him anticipate problems before they occur.”

Professional education is important to Orr, who has attended training for his position at every available opportunity and has a thorough knowledge of construction standards and ODOT procedures. He also helps to train new employees.

“As an inspector, he makes sure that all activity on the project is properly documented,” his fellow employee said. “Dale is always willing to help his coworkers and train new inspectors, making sure they understand the plans and their duties.”   

Orr lives in Wagoner and has two children, Nick and Kayly.

Duvall, a nine-year ODOT employee, is a Transportation Superintendent II at Checotah Interstate Maintenance. He was also anonymously nominated by a colleague.

“Sam is constantly thinking of safety, not only for himself and his crew, but also for the traveling public,” the coworker said. “He will never pass a car stopped on the shoulder of the highway without stopping to make sure that everything is all right. Sam truly cares about people and he will go above and beyond to help anyone.”   

Duvall and his wife, Tami, live in Checotah and have two grown children, Kadee and Riley. He is active in his church, serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Lotawatah Fire Department and enjoys spending time with his extended rodeo family.   

The “Employee of the Quarter” award recognizes dedication and hard work and is given to employees who consistently exhibit the highest standards in job performance. Division One employees are nominated by coworkers.

The division, which has its headquarters in Muskogee, encompasses Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties.

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