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City honors citizens, first responders with Lifesaving Award

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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For their part in helping a man with a serious medical condition, several first responders and citizens were honored before Deer Park City Council Tuesday evening. Although the elderly man died five days later, the group is credited for giving his family precious extra time with him.

lifesavingaward7 17The family of the late LaVern Holt surround Deer Park first responders and citizens credited with saving his life. The elderly Deer Park man suffered a serious medical incident while driving in January. Holt survived the incident, but died five days later in a local hospital. Photo courtesy of the Deer Park Police Department.The city of Deer Park bestowed one of the highest honors it can award to a group of first responders and citizens at Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council meeting.

Deer Park Police Officer Lars Moe, Paramedics Travis Payne and Henry Gonzalez, EMS Supervisor Captain Andrew Smith and citizens Allen Nguyen and David Rodriguez were recognized with the Life Saving Award.

On Jan. 2 of this year, Nguyen and Rodriguez witnessed a vehicle, driven by 90-year-old LaVern Holt, jump a curb and stop off the road near the intersection of East Boulevard and Pasadena Boulevard. The two notice the driver is unconscious, so they break the car window and began administering CPR.

“Many cars drove right by but these two didn’t,” said Deer Park Police Chief Greg Grigg. “They had the courage to break the window and get him out.”

A short time later, Moe drove on the scene and assisted with the CPR until Deer Park EMS arrived and transported Holt to a local hospital. Unfortunately, Holt, a retired pastor of Deer Park Church of God, died five days later.

“Due to the actions of all these people involved, they were able to spend an additional five days with loved one,” said Grigg. “One of the greatest things we get to do is arrive in time to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Holt’s family was on hand to express their gratitude for giving them a few more days with their father, grandfather and great grandfather.

On behalf of council, Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton expressed thankfulness for the city’s first responders.

“When you hear that siren, someone’s not having a good day and I thank God there is someone there to answer the call and for our responders,” said Mouton.