Heroes have their night in Marana

canal crash

The Marana Police Department and Northwest Fire District will honor four heroes during Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. Their actions are credited with saving the life of 17-year-old Sabrina Montejano.

On April 3, four teenagers were traveling in a car that left the roadway and overturned along the frontage road of Interstate 10 near Twin Peaks Road. Montejano was at the wheel of the car that came to rest upside down in a flowing irrigation canal, trapping her underwater. Andrew Miles and Alexander Stewart came upon the incident moments later to find a group of bystanders struggling to lift the overturned car above the water line. Miles and Stewart secured tow straps and chains to the overturned vehicle and used their trucks to pull the car out of the canal.

Two additional bystanders, Alex Romero and Mark Beach, then entered the canal and cut Montejano’s seatbelt to free her from the wreckage. Beach and Romero, both of whom had first-aid and CPR training, brought Montejano to the roadside and assessed her condition. They determined that she was not breathing, had no pulse, and that CPR was needed to save her life. They continued their efforts until first responders showed up and took over care. When Montejano arrived at Banner UMC, she was breathing on her own and attempting to speak.

A formal ceremony to honor the heroic actions of these four individuals will take place at the beginning of the Marana Town Council meeting. The four will be presented with Citizen Lifesaving Awards by the Marana Police Department and Northwest Fire Department.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex (11555 West Civic Center Drive).

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