Sometimes being in the right place at the right time really pays off. Torrance
Memorial Medical Center Warehouse workers Eduardo Flores-Barraza and Roberto
Ybarra were waiting in their truck for the light to change at the intersection
of Medical Center Drive and Lomita Boulevard when they noticed a van stopped
in the middle of traffic, smoke coming from underneath.
“Roberto jumped out and took off toward the van, and I watched as
he and an off-duty policeman got the man out of the van,” says Flores-Barraza.
“As soon as I got the green, I parked and assisted them. The man
was disoriented and frightened. We walked him to the sidewalk, where he
caught his breath and used my phone to call his wife.” The man was
worried that he was late for a doctor’s appointment.
Ybarra and Flores-Barraza helped calm the man, called 911 and waited until
the Torrance Fire Department arrived. The two men have been awarded Torrance
Memorial’s “The Reason Is You” award for their heroic act.