Deputies Honored for Saving One of Their Own

Two Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies were presented with the life saving award by Sheriff Javier Salazar Wednesday afternoon at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where the deputy they assisted in a crash back in March is still recovering.

Deputies Pat Divers and Antonio Alvarez were presented with medals in front of fellow officers, family, friends and medical staff.

The two are credited for saving the life of Deputy Art Garcia the morning of March 16 after Garcia’s patrol unit was sideswiped by a truck near Highway 281 and Loop 410. Divers assisted in directing medical personnel and consoling Garcia while Alvarez applied a tourniquet to Garcia’s bleeding left leg.

“Their heroic actions, in the words of the officers that day, directly led to this deputy being with us today, being alive,” Salazar said at a press conference.

Alvarez remains humble.

“It means a lot more that he’s (Garcia) here. The award, you know, it’s a great honor. It’s not what I’m in it for,” Alvarez said.

Salazar asked Garcia to take his time recovering but said he is looking forward to working with him again soon in the near future.


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