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Duo Spot House Fire and Jump into Action

Employees of the Week: Victor Lovato and Lawrence Romero

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored two City of Albuquerque Solid Waste employees who saw a fire and immediately went to help. Commercial Driver Victor Lovato and Commercial Laborer Lawrence Romero from the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Solid Waste are this week’s Employees of the Week. 

This past Monday, Victor and Lawrence were on their normal early morning pickup route at Central near UNM when they noticed smoke rising from a residential area. They immediately went in search of where the smoke was coming from to see if everyone was okay. As they got closer to the source, they found that the smoke was originating from a home. Without thinking twice, they parked their vehicle and jumped into action. Victor and Lawrence rushed to the door and began banging on it to alert the occupants inside, and see if anyone needed help. They attempted to open the door to check on anyone inside, but were unable to do so. Victor then called 911, while Lawrence grabbed the fire extinguisher from their Solid Waste vehicle and began to hit the door to get it open. Once the door was opened, Lawrence quickly ran inside and started to shout for anyone in the home. Thankfully, no occupants were inside the home at the time of the fire. Within minutes the Albuquerque Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire.

Although there was no one home, Lawrence and Victor’s selfless actions were not unmeritorious. It is employees like Victor and Lawrence, who are good neighbors that go out of their way to help others, that make a difference in our city. Though they could have continued driving and simply called 911, Victor and Lawrence decided to go the extra mile to see if there was anyone in need of immediate assistance and help.