Brother Oscar Stewart Honored with IBEW Lifesaving Award

August 16, 2019

IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson has awarded IBEW 569 Brother Oscar Stewart with IBEW's highest honor - the Life Saving Award.

On behalf of IBEW Local Union 569 and our 3,300 electrical workers, power professionals, working families, and retirees, we nominated Oscar Stewart for an IBEW Lifesaving Award for his act of bravery that saved lives. 

On the morning of Saturday April 27, 2019, an anti-Semitic terrorist opened fire on congregants of a local synagogue in Poway, killing one woman and injuring three others. We are deeply thankful that our IBEW 569 brother and Navy and Army veteran Oscar Stewart courageously stood up to hate.  He helped stop further bloodshed by scaring off and chasing away the shooter.

In commending Oscar’s valiant actions to stand up to hate and save lives, we are reminded of President Stephenson's own words of solidarity: "Bigotry of any kind divides member against member, destroys the foundations of solidarity and undermines our power as a union."

IBEW 569 stands up against hate and we send our hearts and prayers to our Poway Chabad community.

We hope you will join us in commending Brother Stewart for his most noble of actions – saving the lives of others while putting his own life in jeopardy.

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