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Morrison recognized for federal COVID-19 response deployment

Morrison recognized for federal COVID-19 response deployment
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Friday, October 9, 2020


Salem Community College’s John Morrison has received the Superior Contribution Award from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The award recognizes the efforts of Morrison and fellow team members in running medical operations for the repatriation of 232 American citizens arriving from Wuhan, China at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego in February.

Since 1994, Morrison -- SCC’s Director of Public Safety -- has been deployed over 30 times to support federal medical responses as an Operations Section Chief for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Incident Management Team. The team manages the federal medical, veterinary, mortuary and public health response to disasters.

“We congratulate John on this well-deserved honor and thank him for his extraordinary service to our nation,” said SCC President Michael Gorman.

Earlier this year, Morrison was also deployed for 35 days to help establish what became the largest COVID-positive hospital in the country at the Javits Center in New York City. The initiative was expanded to include supporting the hospital ship USNS Comfort and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for New York during Operation Gotham.