Valley Energy recognized employees for years of service, safe driving and outstanding service to the company during the utility's annual awards breakfast last month.

Two Valley Energy employees shared in the honor of the company's annual top employee award.

Edward Rogers of Waverly, N.Y., vice president of operations, and Nancy Pack of Sayre, customer service manager, were presented with plaques recognizing them as 2011 Co-Employees of the Year.

President and CEO Bob Crocker said selecting just one employee of the year proved very difficult this year because so many employees displayed outstanding commitment to Valley Energy customers while dealing with damages wrought by Tropical Storm Lee last fall.

"Our employees did an exceptional job, working long, hard hours to meet their responsibility of ensuring safety and restoring service to our customers as quickly as possible," said Crocker. "I cannot say enough about their dedication to the company and our customers."

But in the end, the award went to two employees whose quick action may have saved the life of a co-worker who was in need of medical attention, according to Crocker.

As Crocker presented Rogers and Pack with the award, he said, "Thank you for being there, knowing what to do and not panicking."

The Valley Energy CEO also presented a service award to construction crew chief Tony Jenner of Waverly, N.Y., in recognition of 10 years of service to the company.

In addition, safe driving awards were presented to the following: Marj Johnston, Nancy Pack, Luanne Nolan, Doug Williams, Tony Jenner, Steve Place, Ed Rogers, John Merrick, Lori Bennett, Ron Chandler, Michael Hawley, Paul Kremer, Dale Hunter, Les Merrill and Mike Lohmann.

Valley Energy provides natural gas service to approximately 7,600 customers in the Sayre, Athens, Towanda and Monroeton areas in Pennsylvania and the Waverly and Chemung areas of New York state.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of C&T Enterprises. C&T Enterprises is jointly owned by Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Wysox, and Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Mansfield. The parent cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 36,000 consumers in north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Submitted by Valley Energy