Mississippi Hospitals Today

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Thomas Hamill to Speak at Miss. State Hospital

Thomas "Tommy" Hamill, known to most as the Mississippi contractor in Iraq who escaped his captors, will be the guest speaker for Mississippi State Hospital's (MSH) Employee of the Year (EOY) program on Feb. 4. The program will take place at 2 p.m. in the new gymnasium (B-202) on the hospital's Whitfield campus.

MSH's EOY program will recognize the hospital's 32 employees of the month from 2004. Three of those outstanding individuals will be named Employee of the Year--one from each service area: Direct Care Services, Licensed Clinical Services and Support Services.

Hamill's book, Escape In Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story, will be available for purchase at the program, and he will be on hand to sign copies. Books are hardcover and are $20.

In 2003, Hamill went abroad to support his country’s fight for Iraqi freedom. On April 9, 2004, Hamill was among seven employees of Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of oil field services contractor Halliburton Co., reported missing after an attack on their convoy. His abductors demanded that U.S. forces withdraw from Fallujah by the next day. On April 20, four bodies found in Iraq were identified as KBR workers. Hamill was not among them. On May 2, Hamill escaped the house in which he was being held and caught the attention of a passing military convoy. After identifying himself to U.S. troops, he led them back to his Iraqi captors. Hamill returned to Mississippi and was reunited with his family May 8.

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