Volunteers and heroes (Part2)

Martinez lauded for heroism during flood

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Whether he stays home to comfort an ill child or volunteers to be lowered from a helicopter into raging flood water to assist in rescue efforts, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Juan Martinez has made one thing clear: he can be counted on during times of need.

For his heroic efforts during the Aug. 12, 2018, flooding in the Park Chalk Bluff area, Martinez was recognized as Fireman of the Year during the department’s annual banquet held Thursday. He was not present to accept the award due to his son being ill.

The event, which was held in memory of the late Dr. John Shudde, was staged at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

The 2018 rescue effort was sparked by an 11-inch deluge in northwest Uvalde County that sent the Nueces River on a 14-foot rise over a 3-4 hour time period. People were rescued from vehicle rooftops and trees, where they scrambled for refuge, as the rising flood waters swept some vehicles from land and downriver.


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