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Bryan Police & Fire Present Citizen Lifesaving Awards

This week’s Bryan city council meeting opened with the presentation of three citizen awards by the police and fire departments.

Officer Kelley McKethan said on the morning of May 14th, Leonardo and Lydia Garcia pulled over and found a vehicle had struck a tree and was smoking.

While Mrs. Garcia called 9-1-1, Mr. Garcia flagged down another passerby, Jose Elano Castro-Perez.

The men were able to get a three year old child named Miracle out of the back seat as flames started appearing.

The vehicle became engulfed in flames and the front driver’s door was stuck, preventing the men from getting the child’s mother out of the vehicle.

The crash took place off Harvey Mitchell Parkway near the Denny’s in north Bryan.

Click below to hear the award presentations in English and Spanish.

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Screen shot from bryantx.gov of the award presentation at the Bryan city council meeting on July 11, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Script of the award presentation in English, provided by the Bryan police department:

The Bryan Police Department Civilian Service Citation and the Bryan Fire Department Citizen Award Presented tonight at City of Bryan – Government City Council Meeting.

Leonardo and Lydia Garcia and Jose Elano Castro-Perez

On May 14, 2017, at approximately 0833 hours, Leonardo Garcia and his wife, Lydia Garcia, were traveling south in the 2100 block of N. Harvey Mitchell Parkway when Lydia noticed smoke coming from the brush line about 50 feet off the roadway.

They found a vehicle had struck a tree and was smoking.

Leonardo got out of the car to see if he could help while Lydia called dispatch.

Leonardo found the doors locked and the cabin filling with thick smoke so he went back to his vehicle to retrieve a tire iron.

He flagged down another passerby, Jose Elano Castro-Perez, to help him.

Together Leonardo and Jose went to the smoking vehicle and broke the windows with the tire iron.

Jose was able to unlock the rear driver’s side door and pried it open.

Leonardo reached into the vehicle, which was now beginning to show active flames, and picked up 3 year old Miracle Castillo from the back seat.

He rushed her to Lydia and went back to the vehicle.

Unfortunately the vehicle was now engulfed in flames and the front driver’s door was stuck.

Despite Leonardo and Jose’s heroic efforts, there was nothing else they could do to help the driver.

Miracle’s mother, 22 year old Isabel Castillo, tragically did not survive the crash.

Lydia comforted Miracle as she was being treated by medical personnel and rode in the ambulance to the hospital with her, taking care of her until family arrived.

Had it not been for Lydia seeing the accident and the fast actions of Leonardo and Jose there is no doubt Miracle would not have survived this incident.

Leonardo and Jose ignored the perilous danger to save a life, which is a value we want to uphold for our community.

 

From Google Translate, Guión de la presentación del premio en español, proporcionado por el departamento de policía de Bryan:

Nominación al Premio por Servicio

Leonardo y Lydia Garcia y José Elano Castro-Perez

Persona o grupo nominado para el Premio por Servicio

En mayo 14, 2017, aproximadamente a las 0833, Leonardo Garcia y su esposa, Lydia Garcia, viajaban hacia el sur en la calle 2100 de N. Harvey Mitchell Parkway cuando Lydia noto humo saliendo del lado de la carretera a unos 50 pies de la carretera.

Encontraron que un vehículo había chocado contra un árbol y estaba echando humo. Leonardo salió del carro para ver si podía ayudar mientras que Lydia llamaba la policía.

Leonardo encontró la puerta cerrada y la cabina llenándose de humo intenso.

Leonardo regreso a su vehículo por la barra de hierro y señalo a otro carro que pasaba, Jose Elano Eastro-Prerez para que le ayudara.

Juntos Leonardo y José fueron a el carro que humeaba y quebraron la ventana con la barra de hierro.

José pudo quítale el seguro a la puerta de atrás del lado del conductor y con fuerza abrió la puerta.

Leonardo se metió al carro cuando ya se miraban llamas de fuego y recogió a Miracle Castillo de 3 años de edad del asiento de atrás. Rápidamente se la llevo a Lydia y regreso al vehículo.

Desafortunadamente el vehículo ya está envuelto en llamas y la puerta de enfrente estaba atorada.

A pesar de los esfuerzos heroicos de Leonardo y José, no había nada más que podían hacer por el conductor.

La madre de Miracle, Isabel Castillo de 22 años de edad trágicamente no sobrevivo el accidente.

Lydia consolaba a Miracle mientras que estaba siendo atendida por el personal médico y se fue en la ambulancia para el hospital con ella cuidándola hasta que llegar su familia.

Si no fuera por Lydia que vio el accidente y las acciones rápidas de Leonardo y José no hay duda que Miracle no hubiera sobrevivido el accidente.

Leonardo y José ignoraron el peligro para salvar una vida cual es un valor que deseamos de nuestra comunidad.

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