Waste Pro USA truck driver Andy Perez Garcia with Bradley, now age 2, Bradley’s grandmother Samanthe Archange and Miramar Chief of Police Dexter Williams.
The city of Miramar, Florida, has awarded a top civilian honor to Andy Perez Garcia, a truck driver for Waste Pro USA, a privately owned solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal company, Longwood, Florida, for helping save the life of drowning 1-year-old child.
Last December, Garcia was driving his regular route through Miramar, picking up garbage, when he heard cries for help from behind a house. Garcia leapt from his truck and ran to the back yard, where he found an unconscious child just pulled from a pool.
“A boy came to me and asked me if I knew CPR,” Garcia said at the time. Gercia administered CPR until paramedics arrived, helping save the life of the child, Bradley. Bradley turned 2 in February, and Feb. 23, 2016, the city of Miramar awarded Garcia with a “Life Saving Award.”
“Everyone here at Waste Pro commends Andy for his heroic act,” says Waste Pro Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Jennings. “He showed dedication, selflessness and above all else, an eagerness to do what’s right. Andy’s co-workers aren’t surprised that he would jump to action like this, since Andy is just a wonderful person. We’re honored to have him in the Waste Pro family because, above all else, we care for our communities.”
Garcia has been a Waste Pro USA driver for four years, ever since the company started collecting garbage in the Miramar area. After the rescue, Garcia said he was especially happy to help, as he has three kids and a granddaughter of his own.