HR Strange But True!
July 15, 2010
It's not often a boss thanks an employee for defying her direct orders—especially if their employer is a police force. But in something right out of a movie, this case of insubordination saved her life!

“Thank you for not listening to me,” Sgt. Grevirlene Kersellius told her partner, Officer James Atkins, according to an article in the New York Daily News.  When the two transit cops were in hot pursuit of a report of a man with a gun, Kersellius felt she had a bad headache.  When Atkins jumped out of the vehicle to check in the terminal, Kersellius tried, but could not muster the strength to back him up—she felt like a tremendous weight was on her head.

When he returned, she ordered him to take her back to the station because she wasn’t feeling well. But Atkins didn’t like what he saw when he found her in distress, and said “Sarge, I’m taking you to the hospital,” according to the report.

The Sergeant kept ordering the Officer to take her to the office, but he was insistent, especially when he needed to hold her up during the ride. Upon arrival, a CAT scan showed a brain aneurysm, which required 5 hours of surgery to repair. 

The neurosurgeon told the newspaper that one-third of people with aneurysms die immediately, and one third are left with neurological disabilities.  However, because the officer defied his boss and got her right to the hospital, her prognosis is good.


New York Daily News

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