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Alert Solid Waste Department Driver Helps Woman Experiencing Medical Emergency

Employee of the Week: Benjamin Seiler

May 2, 2014

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored an employee from the Solid Waste Department whose diligence in responding to cries for help resulted in swift medical attention for a woman desperately in need.  Benjamin Seiler was quick to action when an individual he encountered along his daily route experienced a serious medical emergency.

On February 4th, Benjamin was on his normal Tuesday morning route as a residential collection driver. Benjamin is particularly conscientious of the residents along his route who have a red triangle on their bin, which indicates that extra attention is required at that particular house. At these houses the driver is required to stop their truck and take extra steps to retrieve the bin, empty the contents, and then return the bin to the property. On this particular morning, as Benjamin was emptying and returning the bin, he heard a woman crying from within the residence as though she were in significant pain. Without hesitation, Benjamin approached the home and saw a woman inside who was in distress and barely able to garner the strength to yell for help. He immediately called 911 and waited with the woman until paramedics arrived on scene. It was later determined that the woman had suffered a pulmonary embolism, a potentially serious blood clot which in her case traveled to her lungs. If not for Benjamin’s concern and vigilance, it could have been many hours if not days before the woman was able to receive the help she needed.

Benjamin Seiler has worked for the city for 16 years, 6 of which have been in the Solid Waste Department as a driver. His coworkers praise Benjamin for his work ethic and integrity.

“Benjamin is a great example of the fact that city employees are making a difference in our community,” said Mayor Berry.  “He deserves high praise for his actions which improved the outcome for an Albuquerque resident whose health was in serious jeopardy that day.”