Erika Vela Special
Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez recognized four police officers for their heroic efforts during the regular city council meeting on Thursday, February 23. Officer Christopher Trevino assisted in a vehicle fire at the Bourdeaux Apartments on Thursday, January 26. The vehicle that was engulfed in flames was parked less than 20 ft. from the apartment building. Despite thick, heavy smoke and small explosions from the vehicle, Trevino was noticed to be knocking on doors and helping people evacuate their apartment units. After Trevino cleared out the first floor, he attempted to go up the stairs but the flames were covering the stairway and made contact with a tenant who was in their unit. He was able to safely evacuate that tenant. “I’m proud and honored to recognize Officer Trevino for his brave and selfless efforts in evacuating the building in a dangerous and possibly deadly situation,” said Sanchez. Officers Daniel Zertuche, Kai Viesca and Matthew Deleon were recognized after they responded to a call at a local nursing home. Deleon, Viesca and Zertuche arrived at the scene before the fire department and discovered a fire in the laundry room. The officers then found extinguishers and extinguished the fire to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the nursing home. “Because of their quick thinking, no one had to be evacuated and no one was injured. Officers Deleon, Viesca and Zertuche could have chosen to stand back and waited until the fire department arrived but they chose not to do so because these are men of action. They are committed to the mission of protecting our commnity,” said Sanchez. Those in attendance of the meeting stood and applauded the officers recognized during the meeting. Each officer was presented with a framed certificate of recognition by Sanchez. Other Business Shawnene Heather, Outreach Advocate of the Atascosa Family Crisis Center gave a presentation for city council on the current status of the center. Heather mentioned the center saw 867 people just last year. There are many projects they’re still currently trying to complete on getting the crisis center to be fully functional and able to have clients stay in the center instead of being transported to other counties. The City of Pleasanton accepted original oil paintings by Gaye Sekula to be on indefinite special loan to the city. Each of the paintings depict all 50 Cowboys of the Year and will be displayed at the Longhorn Museum. The meeting adjourned promptly at 6 p.m. The next meeting of the Pleasanton City Council will take place on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend local meetings to keep up with the happenings in their local communities.