Friday’s Hero: Joe M. Chavez, retired COAST
August 30, 2013
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored a man who went out of his way to help a couple who had no one else to turn to. Joe M. Chavez of the Albuquerque Police Crisis Outreach and Support Team made a big difference in the lives of an elderly couple, when they were down on their luck, out of money, and in desperate need of a helping hand.
Earlier this year an elderly couple was afflicted with several unfortunate events. After a series of hospital visits, and a car accident, the couple found themselves in a devastating financial situation. Unable to make their rent payments, the couple sought help through an employee in the Department of Senior Affairs who put them in contact with Mr. Chavez and the Albuquerque Police Crisis Outreach and Support Team.
Chavez made it his personal mission to help the couple out and ensure the safety of their home which they were about to be evicted from. Not only did Chavez arrange to have the couple’s rent paid, he also personally met with them to discuss the issues they were having and how to handle the situation.
Joe Chavez, who recently retired, has a great record with the City of Albuquerque and is has set an outstanding example for all to follow. His heartfelt loyalty to the welfare of all Albuquerque citizens is extremely admirable. Exceeding what is expected of him to provide assistance makes Chavez a hero to not only the couple he helped but to all of Albuquerque, letting people know that there is always someone there who cares and is willing to help no matter how challenging the circumstances.