Theodore Vail Medal, “Kenneth Edgar Robinson”, 1928

Product ID: B-4477
Country: United States
Condition: VF

The Theodore N. Vail Medal for Noteworthy Public Service of the Bell Telephone System, in bronze, engraved on the reverse “Kenneth Edgar Robinson”, numbered “707″ and dated “1928″ on the edge. In its original fitted case of issue.

A 21 June 1929 article in the Cincinnati Enquirer relates how Kenneth E. Robinson, a cable splicer for the Bell Telephone Company, and a helper were working in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood when they came to the aid of another worker who had been overcome by gas while tapping into a gas main. Robinson and his helper applied artificial respiration to the victim for 18 minutes to restore him to consciousness, thereby saving his life. The Vail Medal, designed by noted sculptor A.A. Weinman, was established in 1921 to recognize service and heroism by Bell Telephone System employees.