Vicky Salcido, Week of May 23, 2011
Vicky Salcido is honored for the compassion she showed while off duty. Vicky works with seniors, but the tenderness she showed to a child has landed her as this week's Employee of the Week. The news article below sums up the story.
Albuquerque, NM-- Police said they arrested a young mother after she abandoned her 2-year-old son at the side of a busy street in northwest Albuquerque.
Vicky Salcido, the Good Samaritan who rescued the boy, said she found the toddler crying on Irving Boulevard and Prescott Drive and stopped to help him. “I think he's not 2 ½ years old and he was just crying and crying and crying.” He said, 'I don't want to be with my mom anymore,” Salcido said. Salcido said when she asked the boy where her mother was, he pointed at a woman walking unsteadily away from them.
"She (mother) was weaving all over the road. She was walking, but she was going all over the road," Salcido said. Salcido said she called 911 and waited for the police to arrive, not even leaving the toddler with someone who claimed to be a relative. "I just didn't feel comfortable in giving the little boy up to somebody that I didn't know," Salcido said.
Police said they found the boy's mother, 21-year-old Ashley Fisherman, passed out at home. Officers said they couldn't even wake Fisherman up, so they had to call the paramedics. Police said that Fisherman's blood alcohol content was .29 -- four times the legal limit. Police said Fisherman doesn't have custody of her children, but a court order allows her visitation -- that's why she had them on Tuesday. The children's grandparents said they have custody and that the two children were allowed back with them. "It's just very sad for me because I'm a grandma, too, and I can relate to these little ones," Salcido said. Police said that Fisherman is in jail and has been charged with abandonment.