Maintenance worker dies after being found unresponsive on campus

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A maintenance worker is found unconscious under a facilities truck around 3:40 p.m. Sept. 19 in Lot 16. Emergency responders tried to revive him, but were unable to. Geoffrey K. Hovatter

College president issues a statement Sept. 19.

By Geoffrey K. Hovatter

A maintenance worker died Sept. 19 after being found unresponsive under an Alamo Colleges truck around 3:42 p.m. in Lot 16 between Moody Learning Center and the parking garage on Loop Road.

A groundskeeper discovered the employee under the truck and called for help. Two others rushed to help drag him from under the truck, then turned the unconscious man on his side to help him breathe after they were able to find a pulse.

Efforts were unsuccessful to determine the groundskeepers’ identify the morning of Sept. 20.

Vanessa Torres, the college’s public relations director, said her office would release information to employees later in the day.

Alamo Colleges police and the San Antonio Fire Department arrived at the scene at 3:50 pm. They immediately began to perform CPR on the man.

About 25 faculty, staff and students gathered in Lot 16 as more police and EMS started to arrive.

After 10 minutes of performing CPR, EMS put a tube down the man’s throat to provide air.

By 4:05 p.m., two ambulances, six police cars and one fire truck were on the scene.

Firefighters and EMS worked to revive the man, who remained unresponsive.

At 4:16 p.m., while still being provided CPR, the unidentified employee was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.

College President Robert Vela released a statement at 7:27 p.m. via email to employees regarding the situation:

“With great sadness, I must inform you that we have lost a valued member of our SAC family this afternoon.

“While I am unable to release specific details, I can tell you that the individual worked in the facilities department.

“The San Antonio Fire Department and EMS was on-scene; however, the first responders’ efforts to save the individual were unsuccessful.

“On behalf of the entire College Executive Team, my thoughts are with the individual`s family and friends. I also extend my deepest sympathies to the entire facilities team.

“This unfortunate event is a stark reminder that life is precious. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.”


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