Heroes at Paz
Each morning, Pantry Manager Lidia Beltran opens our gate and checks the property to make sure it is clear and safe. On Wednesday, March 27th, Lidia arrived and saw everything was normal and went inside to start her day. A few minutes later Marcial Verdejol, our maintenance man arrived and went to check a swamp cooler he had worked on the previous day. Marcial spotted the flames coming up from our blankets located at the rear of the kitchen. Lidia quickly called 911, then Marcial and Lidia ran to the kitchen are and contained the fire with a combination of a water hose, fire extinguisher and a few garden tools.
The parking lot was filled with emergency vehicles within 5 minutes and the fire was completely extinguished within 12 minutes. Forrest Smith, the public information officer for Mesa Fire and Medical commended Marcial and Lidia for their quick action and will be recognizing them at the next Good Samaritan event held at a local Mesa fire station.
These two employees are responsible for saving our kitchen. If they had not sprung to action as quick as they did, there’s no telling when we could reopen if we could at all. Thank you Lidia and Marcial for doing what you did that day on top of what you do each day at Paz. You are both Heroes to your fellow staff, all our volunteers and to the community.