SOMERTON, Ariz. - The Somerton City Council Meeting held an awards ceremony to recognize a citizen and Public Safety personnel involved in a dramatic rescue effort on May 19th this Tuesday.
Cocopah Tribe Chairwoman Sherry Cordova was present during the event.
David Hooker, an Arizona Public Service employee, performed a heroic act as a Good Samaritan on May 19th.
Mr. Hooker, alongside Somerton Cocopah Fire Department, rescued two unconscious people above water after crashing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) quad while riding into a drainage canal with water.
Paul De Anda, Chief of the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department issued the following awards:
Somerton Cocopah Fire Department’s Civilian Heroism Award
David Wayne Hooker, APS Employee
Somerton Cocopah Fire Department’s Medal of Honor
Rogelio Gonzalez, Captain Paramedic - A Shift
Clemente Ballesteros, Firefighter Paramedic
Israel Carbajal, Firefighter Paramedic
Carlos Muñoz, Firefighter Paramedic
Arturo Burruel, Firefighter EMT
Ray Smith, Battalion Chief
Somerton Cocopah Fire Department’s Outstanding Performance Medal
(Off duty personnel who responded)
Javier Hernandez, Captain Paramedic - B Shift
Hector Saenz, Firefighter EMT
Somerton Cocopah Fire Department’s Meritorious Recognition Award
Michelle Magaña, Somerton Police Captain
Araceli Juarez, Somerton Police Detective
Daniel Magdaleno, Somerton Patrol Officer
Somerton Cocopah Fire Department’s Distinguished Service Award
Mark Callaway, Somerton Public Safety Dispatcher