Balmville School Security Officer Hector Almodovar was recently honored by the Newburgh Town Board for saving the life of a fifth grade student at the school.
Last month, The Newburgh News reported here that Almodovar saved the life of Ariana Miranda who was choking on an orange during lunch. Almodovar immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the object.
During the Newburgh Town Board meeting on May 9, 2022, the Board presented Almodovar with a Life Saving Award. Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio thanked Almodovar and presented him with the award on behalf of the Town.
“The entire Newburgh community thanks Officer Almodovar for his heroic work,” Piaquadio said. “Officer Almodovar’s quick response, composure, and immediate use of the Heimlich Maneuver saved Ariana Miranda’s life.”
The former New York City Housing Police officer utilized his first aid training when it was needed the most. Almodovar also receives annual basic life saver first aid and CPR training from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.