Launching our LA Local Heroes Awards
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 13, 2018 at 3:55 PM
This week, I launched our LA Local Heroes Award celebrations. With everything happening in our lives and around the world, we often forget to thank people that go above and beyond and recognize the heroic efforts we see everyday.
I was joined by LAPD Valley Traffic Division to recognize the heroic efforts of our LA Local Heroes that came together and went above and beyond during a courageous and life-saving call to action.
The first group of courageous civilians we presented the LA Local Heroes Award to were roofers working on Roscoe Blvd when they saw a white sedan lose control, hit nearby cars, and overturn onto the front lawn of the house they were working on. Affected cars burst into flames and the men jumped off the roof of the house and ran toward the burning car to help.
The passenger was able to crawl out of the back door, but the driver was trapped inside and flames were burning him and his clothes. The men grabbed a garden hose and began to spray water on the driver and his surroundings to keep him from burning alive. The driver was transported to the West Hills Hospital burn unit with burns over 50% of his body. Without their intervention, the driver surely would have burned to death.
Congratulations to Jose Manuel Cortez, Sergio Sian, Salvador Sian and Ed Klecka on receiving the LA Local Heroes Award and thank you for your selfless service and quick thinking in an emergency.
The second set of heroes observed a Toyota Corolla drive through a red light narrowly colliding with a vehicle on Roscoe Blvd. The vehicle eventually stopped after colliding with one of the railroad crossing signal boxes, disabling the vehicle and leaving it on the train's tracks.
Community members exited their own vehicles and quickly ran up to the driver’s window. They observed the driver passed out, leaning against the window. At that moment, the crossing arms began to come down as the bells and signals activated. They managed to break the driver's window, unlock the door, and drag the driver out mere moments before the train collided with the vehicle on the tracks.
The driver had suffered a medical condition which impeded her driving ability but is alive and well today because of the strangers that saved her life.
Congratulations to Thomas Martin, Stefan Zeljkovic, and Martha Villaneda on receiving the LA Local Heroes Award and thank you for your selfless service and quick thinking in an emergency.
We have such a great community culture here in Los Angeles. We are blessed to not only have an incredible team of Police Officers and Fire Fighters that serve our City, but also civilians that are willing to put their own lives at risk to help save others.
To nominate a hero in our community, email Bree.Breckenridge@lacity.orgwith their inspirational story.
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