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Payton and Tripp Steele Recognized for Life-Saving Actions


On Sept. 24, 2019, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners and Bernalillo County Fire Chief Greg Perez recognized Payton and Tripp Steele for their heroic and life-saving actions on Aug. 17, 2019.

Payton witnessed a severe motor vehicle crash on Interstate 40, and without hesitation she began to extricate the driver from the vehicle. The driver had experienced a medical episode and was in cardiac arrest. While Payton was removing the driver from the vehicle her father, Tripp, arrived on scene and assisted by beginning CPR until Bernalillo County Fire Department personnel could arrive on scene. The brave and quick actions of Payton and Tripp helped save the life of this individual.

Because of their actions, the victim did not have to wait for emergency services to receive crucial aid. The victim was able to leave the hospital without sustaining severe medical injury. Rescue personnel at the scene believe their swift assistance changed the outcome of the accident and saved the victim’s life.

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