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Transit Mechanic Rushes into Smoking House to Save a Life

Employee of the Week: Transit Department Employee Javier Escalante

April 1, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Javier Escalante, a mechanic at the Transit Department, for his heroic actions he took to save a man’s life. 

On August 8, 2015, Javier Escalante was driving through a neighborhood on his day off of work when he noticed smoke pouring out of the roof of a nearby home.  He immediately pulled over and rushed to the side of the house to find a woman who told him that her mother and brother were inside of the burning home. Putting his own safety aside, Escalante rushed inside of the home to find Samuel Garcia desperately trying to find a way into the area of the house that his mother was trapped in.

Recognizing how weak the man was growing, due to smoke inhalation Escalante pulled him from the house.  Unfortunately, the Garcia family lost their wife and mother that day, but without the brave actions of Escalante, Samuel Garcia is still alive.

The following week, KOB selected Escalante as their Pay it 4ward recipient and presented him with a check for $400 dollars. Escalante accepted the money momentarily before donating it to the fund the Garcia family had set up.

Javier Escalante put his safety aside and selflessly ran into a house on fire to see how and if he could help.  Thankfully, his bravery was able to save the life of a man and kept a family from having to mourn the loss of two family members. For his heroic actions, Javier Escalante has been recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque Employee of the Week.