October Sworn Team Member of the Month

Sworn Team Member of the Month

Grant Wheeler
Senior Commissioned Investigator
Division of Fire Safety

October Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Aimee Packard
Public Relations Director
Missouri Veterans Commission

Grant Wheel is the October DPS Sworn Team Member of the Month for his timely and thorough investigative work following a fatality involving an amusement ride in southwest Missouri.

As a Senior Commissioned Fire Investigator, Grant conducts fire and explosion investigations and assists the Elevator and Amusement Ride Safety Unit with investigations involving serious injuries. In July, following the death of a maintenance worker near an amusement ride in Branson, Grant responded the evening of the accident and immediately conducted a thorough, detailed scene investigation and interviewed witnesses while their recollections were still fresh in their minds.

The ride was later inspected by the Elevator and Amusement Ride Safety Unit and remains under investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Grant’s excellent work was representative of the dedication and commitment he regularly demonstrates in all areas of his position – cordial and professional with partner agencies and members of the public, up to date on reports and investigations, and willing to assist fellow team members whenever needed. He is a true asset for the Division of Fire Safety, DPS and public safety in general.

Aimee Packard, Public Relations Director at the Missouri Veterans Commission, is the October DPS Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month for her outstanding work developing and executing a campaign to raise awareness of veteran suicides.

In April 2022, MVC leadership tasked Aimee with creating a campaign for May Mental Health Awareness Month calling attention to the issue of suicides by veterans. Suicide rates for military veterans have are alarmingly high compared to the overall civilian population. Despite the very limited time she had, Aimee quickly researched the issue and created the “You Are Worth the Battle” campaign, complete with branding colors, logos, a sharable media kit that included materials for a full social media campaign, and printable fliers. She also coordinated the campaign with other Missouri state government public information officers to expand its reach. Other partners were the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Missouri National Guard and the Office of the Military Advocate.

Aimee accomplished this special effort while still performing all her normal duties as MVC’s one-person PR operation. Because of her outstanding effort, MVC plans to continue and expand this campaign. Aimee’s professional effort and commitment also served as a catalyst for MVC leadership to expand its goals toward making a positive impact on this critical issue for veterans.

 

The Missouri Department of Public Safety. Many Missions. One Team.