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Everyday Hero James 'Jimmy' Shorkey

May 6, 2009

Jimmy Shorkey, a machinist with the Facilities Management Plumbing Shop, is recognized for his invaluable skills in repairing electrical motors, hydraulic pumps as well as many other older pieces of university equipment.

James "Jimmy" Shorkey
Machining Trades III
Facilities Management Plumbing Shop

Jimmy Shorkey was nominated by Jonathan Peterson, a colleague in Facilities Management, as a campus Everyday Hero.

More than willing to lend a hand

"I would like to nominate James "Jimmy" Shorkey of the Facilities Plumbing Shop (motor machine shop) for your Everyday Hero award. I have known Jimmy for several years now, and we at Transportation Services have called upon him for many different and unique situations. Each time we have asked him, he has been more than willing to lend a hand and solve our problem/issue by machining the parts we needed from scratch. Having the ability to repair electrical motors and hydraulic pumps as well as many other older pieces of equipment on sight, is an invaluable asset to the university.

"I recently learned through a conversation with Jimmy, that the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has also approached him to produce a prosthetic leg for a special patent. A Saluki (the royal dog breed in Kuwait) was found wandering in the Kuwait desert with a severely injured leg. She was later rescued and brought to Colorado; she has gone through a new surgical procedure and apparently is now ready for the next step. If this works out, Jimmy will be asked to help design and produce other types of limbs as well. Not only has he been a great asset to Facilities for our every day needs, but now is being asked to be a part of something pretty special for our four-legged friends as well.

"His positive can do attitude, knowledge of his field, machinist’s talents, and his willingness to work, as a team member to overcome obstacles is invaluable to Facilities Management and Colorado State University as a whole. We are very lucky to have him as a part of our team."

Shorkey has been at CSU for 13 years

Jimmy was in North Carolina when, “I saw a picture of a marmot and had never seen a sky so blue, so I packed my bags and came to Colorado. I applied here at CSU and got a job and have been here ever since.” Jimmy began working at CSU 13 years ago this coming October.

“I am paid to do my hobby here.” He has been working in a metal shop since he was 8 years old and his father was an assistant professor of machine technology back East. 

Jimmy has been with the Boy Scouts since age 13, and received his Eagle award in 1976.  He is currently a member of the International Eagle Scout Association (advisor in metal working for the merit badge). Jimmy volunteers for Elder House and works as a maintenance man on the weekend. He said, “If women don’t find you handsome, they should find you handy.” He enjoys camping as well. He says he is anxiously awaiting his first grandchild, a boy, in September.

Jimmy’s response to being nominated as an Everyday Hero was, “It makes me proud that my co-workers think enough of me to do that."


Contact: Sara Boots-Whitfield
E-mail: sboots@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7693