On the morning of Monday, June 13th, it was business as usual for City of Glendale Integrated Waste Management staff members Herman Mancilla and Daniel Ouiroz. As they prepared to start their route, they encountered the devastating aftermath of a car accident that occurred at the Adams and Chevy Chase intersection. The car had struck a tree, and was on fire as they arrived at the scene. They stopped and pulled the driver out of the car to safety. Their heroic efforts were recognized at yesterday afternoon’s City Council Special Meeting in the form of Mayor’s Commendations and an ovation from City Council and staffers.
Deputy Director of Public Works/ Field Services Dan Hardgrove praised the selflessness of their actions.
“Herman and Daniel quickly rushed to the scene, opened the door, found the driver, who was unconscious, and pulled him from the vehicle to Adams Street a safe distance away,” said Hardgrove. “Police were arriving on the scene at just that moment. They said if it wasn’t for these two gentlemen, that person would probably have died.”
Mayor Paula Devine hailed them as heroes and issued them commendations.
“I commend your passion and aspiration to go beyond the call of duty in order to protect the safety of our residents,” said Devine. “I thank you for serving as a shining example to all. On behalf of the City of Glendale, I wish you continued success.”
A few months ago, Integrated Waste Management employee Ronny Valtierra also received formal recognition for going above and beyond his duties.
Below are images of the car and city council meeting.