Two city of Las Vegas employees, a fire engineer/EMT and a police officer, have received the Fire Department’s Phoenix Award, which is given in recognition of saving a life.
Jerry Lopez, the Fire Department employee, and police officer Americk Padilla were presented with the award at a ceremony on Tuesday
These individuals were awarded the fire departments Phoenix Award, given for the successful resuscitation of a patient from respiratory or cardiac arrest or major life-threatening trauma who survives to hospital discharge,” Fire Chief Phillip Mares said.
The award was given for actions taken by the employees on July 23. On that day, Lopez and Padilla responded to a call about an unresponsive individual.
Lopez was off duty, but when he realized the call was in his neighborhood he headed over to assist. Lopez Padilla were the first ones on scene.
The patient was unresponsive with no pulse.
“These individuals working together began life saving measures to include CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation),” Mares said. “The patient regained a pulse as fire and ambulance staff arrived. Care was then turned over to ambulance staff.”
Mares said the quick action of these city employees are examples of police and fire department staff working together to create positive outcomes in the community.
Also at Tuesday’s ceremony, attended by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilor Joey Herrera, the Las Vegas Fire Department recognized individuals who have accepted promotions.
Arthur Herrera, Joseph Harris and Samuel Lujan were each promoted to commander.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant were Mark Tafoya, Louie Mares and Billy Montoya.