Mayor Richard J. Berry Honors Three APD Officers
On Friday, May 11, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized three officers from the Albuquerque Police Department for their role in rescuing a developmentally disabled citizen. This weeks Friday’s Heroes are Officer Chad Wilder, Michael Benavidez, and Officer Yvonne Martinez.
Earlier this year, Officer Benavidez and Officer Wilder responded to a missing person call. Officer Benavidez arrived to the home first and met the mother of the missing male. She told him that her child had Down Syndrome and could only say his name. She informed him that her son rode his bike everyday and that he only knew how to get to and from a handful of locations.
Officer Wilder immediately began searching areas around the home while Officer Benavidez put out an attempt to locate over the APD radio. Officer Martinez heard the commotion and knew the situation needed immediate attention.
While patrolling the surrounding area Officer Martinez thought she saw some movement when she looked down the bottom of an unimproved arroyo. She exited her patrol car and walked into the arroyo and found the male at the bottom with his bike.
She helped get him out of the arroyo and contacted rescue. In the mean time Officer Benavidez took the male’s mother to meet him near the arroyo.