LV first responders honored

By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS

Two Laguna Vista emergency responders, credited with saving the life of a local woman, were recognized for their heroic efforts Tuesday by the Town Council during its monthly meeting.

Police Officer Ricky Gonzalez and Firefighter Zachery Tamayo responded to an emergency call on Sept. 28, where a woman was unconscious and unresponsive. “She had no pulse and had turned blue,” according to Police Chief Tony David.

The woman’s name was not released to ensure her anonymity.

Gonzalez and Tamayo performed CPR on the woman until emergency medical technicians arrived to transport her to the hospital, the mayor said.

It was en route to the hospital that the EMTs reported, “We now have a pulse,” Mayor Susie Houston said.

“Both of these individuals are a credit to the Town of Laguna Vista, especially for their public service in the preservation of life. We are always pleased to recognize heroes in our Town,” Houston added.

Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Reyes Rice said, “It is an honor to honor these men who went above and beyond to help. As responders, they pull together as a team to take care of us.”

Appreciation from the family was also forthcoming.

“Two days later, we received a call from the woman’s family, thanking us,” said City Manager Rolando Vela.

The officers were presented with certificates of appreciation and tokens of appreciation for their service. The audience attending the meeting responded with a standing ovation for the officers’ service.

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