By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Prior to punching out this past Friday evening, Gloria Sandoval made sure everything in her department was ready to go for Monday morning. Her workspace was clean, her paperwork was in order. But unlike so many Fridays past, there was something different this evening.
After 30 years as a South Padre Island emergency dispatcher, Gloria Sandoval would not be coming back to work on Monday.
“I really hate to see her go, but I know it has to happen. Thirty years of service, she’s done her time and paid her dues,” said SPIPD Assistant Police Chief Javier Garza. Garza has a special place in his heart for Sandoval. It was Sandoval, after all, who took Garza under her wing and trained the then rookie dispatcher some 27 years ago.
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