A private, special ceremony was held last night at OC to honor outstanding civilians and officers. Over the next week, we’ll be sharing more about those who were recognized. It covered the past couple of years because COVID forced us to cancel our ceremonies.
GOOD SAMARITANS – CIVILIANS JUMPING INTO ACTION TO HELP!
The Odessa Police Department and Chief Michael Gerke commend and award Mr. Willie Woods and Nurse Tela Monroe the CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION for their selfless actions of stopping and rendering aid to an injured citizen. LaDarius Jackson will also be receiving a plaque for this incident.
On January 9, 2020, an unfortunate traffic collision occurred where a vehicle inadvertently struck a pedestrian. Without hesitation, Mr. Willie Woods immediately responded to the downed person and administered first aid to the victim and comforted her through the entire ordeal. A short time later, another citizen, Ms. Tela Monroe, a registered nurse, drove up on the collision and, without hesitation, immediately took control and gave professional guidance. The victim's injuries were grievous, and Nurse Tela and Mr. Woods worked collectively with emergency responders and conducted a C-Spine roll of the victim on her back to open her airway. Upon doing so, the victim began deeper labored breathing and eventually started to show signs of coherence. Without the actions of these two citizens, there is a likelihood that the victim of this crash would have suffered a more severe injury and possible death.