Recognition of public service in Ourense: from years of dedication to a maneuver that saved a life

Recognition of public service in Ourense: from years of dedication to a maneuver that saved a life
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The volunteers from the different Civil Protection groups have, at least, something in common. They boast of a vocation for altruistic public service that is either inherited or contagious and that benefits a group of people, who in their free time, no matter how little, become professionals committed to social help. They are always there when you need them. The Xunta de Galicia published the names of the medals of merit and the badges of permanence in the groups, among which there are several in Ourense.

The permanence badge was awarded to Julio Francisco (Maceda), Antonio Estévez (A Mezquita), Víctor Manuel Castro, Pablo Pérez, José Manuel Rodríguez (Muíños) and José Carlos Cruz (Ourense). In addition, bronze medals will be awarded to Ignacio Alonso (Civil Guard of the Ourense Cynological Unit), Manuel Fernández (Ourense), Manuel Rodríguez Ortega (A Rúa) and Nabor Suárez (A Rúa). In total there will be 10 professionals who will receive a tribute for their social commitment and volunteerism.

The one of Nabor Suarez It is the most significant and striking case this year. He started as a volunteer at the age of 15. and last year he performed a Heimlich maneuver (hugging another person, with his fist between the chest and navel and pressing to avoid choking) to a woman in a neighborhood in A Rúa. Remember that “We were at the device and they told us that a woman could not breathe, so we approached, I performed the maneuver several times and then she began to breathe”. After that experience, he praises the training they receive from the administration and also emphasizes that “it is important to know these maneuvers or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because it can be vital at a certain moment.”

José Carlos will collect the 25-year membership badge, as will Manuel Rodríguez, who will receive a bronze medal of merit for his professional career. Both highlight the “fellowship” and the “friendship” that unites professionals with a vocation for public service. José Carlos comments that “I started because I passed an exam and, before taking office, I had free time, I informed myself, I approached it and I liked what I saw, and since then.”

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He was in several locations and comments that “this is a way to help others, but it also serves to learn about a profession and can provide a professional outlet.” Manuel shares volunteer work with his daughters, his son and his grandchildren, all of them, with volunteers in A Rúa. He says that “They started when they were little, they got into this with me and they really like to help. There they are, one has been there for almost 25 years, another has been there for almost 30 years, and the little one has been there for almost 7 years.” Social assistance and civil protection are contagious or inherited.

Manuel Fernandez He is another of those who will receive a bronze medal of merit for his career as a volunteer, after more than 22 years of service. He, unlike many, started as a technician in the municipal Civil Protection service of Ourense and became a volunteer. Remember that “We experience everything, good days and bad days, because you attend and go to many outings, but you always keep the good days and experiences.” And he highlights that “it is appreciated that your work and help are recognized.”

They all remember that at the beginning of the century there were not as many material or human resources as there are now and that is one of the most important evolutions that they perceive, along with the training that the administration gives them. They call that “If someone has the time, commitment and vocation to help, ask about Civil Protection, because in addition to helping, which is the main function, here you get more than that, you get great friends.”

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