TEXAS CITY — Four firefighters preparing Sunday to teach a fire technology class at College of the Mainland happened to be at the right place at the right time to save a man’s life.

John Valdina, with the Friendswood Fire Department; Chris Anderson, with the Galveston Fire Department; Sean Coutorie, a firefighter with Port of Houston Fire Department; and Wayne Johnson, with the Texas City Fire Department were setting up equipment in a parking lot along Monticello Drive about 9:45 a.m. when the noticed someone struggling on the bleachers across the street.

“It appeared from a distance that he was trying to get back up on to the bleachers but couldn’t get his footing,” Coutorie said.

But when he and the other instructors got closer they saw the 46-year-old man was hanging with a belt around his neck, Coutorie said.  The four firefighters ran up the bleachers and were able to cut the belt and pull the man up.

They were able to make sure the man was breathing before Texas City emergency responders arrived and took him to a hospital, Coutorie said.


Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

(2) comments

Robert Buckner

The right place at the right time. And the knowledge of what needed to be done. Firefighters and police officers are 24/7 heroes. Fine job men.


Amen! ( short...sweet...and to the point! )

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