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Helped Save Life of Albuquerque Baseball Icon in September

11/22/13

On the night of Sept. 19, 2013, the last thing Sun Van Chauffeur Raul Aguirre and Dispatcher Barbara Turner ever thought they’d be doing was saving a life; much less the life of someone known to thousands of Albuquerque baseball fans.

Aguirre was driving Ronnie Davidson home in a Sun Van on Sept. 19.  After Ronnie started acting incoherently (except for repeating his name), Aguirre and Turner tried calling family, then finally called Rescue and stayed with Ronnie until he was transported to UNMH. Ronnie says he was diagnosed with a seizure that could have done him in had he not received treatment.

Ronnie is well known to Albuquerque baseball fans as a fixture at Dukes and Isotopes games since 1972.  He’s also known for his trademark of sorts…a small baseball bat with a rabbit on it that Ronnie shakes during the 7th inning stretch, during the song “Y.M.C.A.”

So, ABQ RIDE employees not only helped save an individual’s life, they also in a roundabout way helped preserved an Albuquerque baseball tradition.  Congratulations, Raul and Barbara!

from left, Dispatcher Barbara Turner, Ronnie Davidson & SVC Raul Aguirre

 

Mayor Richard J. Berry & ABQ RIDE Director Bruce Rizzieri with Turner, Davidson and Aguirre & family.

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