Thanks, from Roger

We just got this e-mail from West Covina Councilman Roger Hernandez:

It is with immense gratitude and enormous pride that I thank the City of West Covina’s Fire and Police personnel, who saved the life of my friend, Bill Schafer, at City Hall at last night’s City Council meeting.

After speaking at the podium, Bill had what looked to be a heart attack in his seat. Without even a thought several community members, including Planning Commissioner Cesar Cervantes and Human Resources Commissioner Fred Sykes rushed to his aid. Fire Chief Paul Segalla administered CPR and used one of the City’s portable defibrillators to help save him. Within three minutes, the city’s paramedics arrived and took Bill to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

I’d also like to commend Dana Sykes for calling Bill’s wife to ask for his medical history, and my colleague, Councilman Mike Touhey, for helping to arrange his wife’s arrival to the hospital.

When I got to the hospital last night, Bill’s wife, Izzy, said doctors told her the efforts of the Fire and Police departments, as well as those of the community members, had saved Bill’s life.

I have always boasted that we have the best public safety personnel in the San Gabriel Valley, and last night proved it. There is no greater joy I have than knowing that when there is a crisis, we can come together, put our differences aside, and focus on what really matters: The lives and well-being of the people who make up this special city.

I’d like to wish my friend a speedy recovery and I pray that he and his wonderful family stay strong through this tough time.

Roger Hernandez
Mayor Pro Tem
City of West Covina

  • http://westcovinawatcher.blogspot.com West Covina Watcher

    My best wishes and prayers for out to Mr. Shafer.

  • Cookie Nance

    Lets all not forget that Mayor Sherri Lane was instumental in getting those defibulators put in city hall. Lets also mention that Frank Wills is the one who took the defibulator out, and there is no mention of this, I personally watched Frank Wills rush over to the defibulator and bring it into the council chambers.

  • WC Resident

    Ms. Nance, one question. Isn’t the Police Chief Frank Wills a member of the Police Department? So therefore then he was mentioned in the post from Mayor Pro-Tem Roger Hernandez. Perhaps next time instead of being a petty person you could of been classy and wish the gentleman a speedy recovery. Obviously with your post you are the former not the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Roger Hernandez is using this for political gain. If he really felt the way he did he would have asked our staff and entire council to sign the letter.

    We can read through you Mr. Hernandez.

  • The Commish

    Can we get to the issue here, people: Bill’s a sweet, salt-of-the-Earth guy and I wish him a fast recovery. It is beyond commendable what happened in that chamber, by ALL parties involved. To prescribe a political motive to a public “Thank You For Saving My Friend’s Life” note is just sad and tacky. I’d do the same if I thought of it first.

  • WC watchers

    Roger Hernandez is using this for political gain. We are tired of his antics.

    In about 45 days, the City of West Covina will hear shocking truths about Mr. Hernandez and his lifestyle.

    Remember Mr. Hernandez, you are being watched. The company you keep is being watched. Your involvement with sketchy characters will not go unnoticed.

  • dirt nap

    Mix in a diet coke with that cheeseburger.

  • http://westcovinawatcher.blogspot.com West Covina Watcher

    WC Watchers: Get your own HANDLE! Mine isn’t terribly creative, but to steal it is even more pathetic. Secondly, why the time delay on the dirt? Is it because you need 45 days to make stuff up?

  • WC Bulldog

    Roger Hernandez is using this for political gain. We are tired of his antics.

    In about 45 days, the City of West Covina will hear shocking truths about Mr. Hernandez and his lifestyle.

    Remember Mr. Hernandez, you are being watched. The company you keep is being watched. Your involvement with sketchy characters will not go unnoticed.

    By the way, did you know that Mr. Hernandez is being probed by the FBI?

  • Watching too

    For people to comment on a lady that wanted to point out others were instrumental in the assistance of helping a terrible situation is truly “petty” in itself.

    I “watch” what’s going on too and don’t ever go down to meetings and speak on issues, I just watch the same residents get up and cry wolf every single meeting…. I let them take up the valuable time of the city even if it’s about nothing or the same things over and over. Now that it’s not telivised, I might have to actually go to the Council meetings.

    I don’t like when politicians try to pat themselves and their friends on the back… and I have seen WC council do on many occasions. I agree it was appropriate to thank the Police and Fire Departments, but restraint should have been taken when mentioning a persons health…. oh well, now I got my two cents in… and watcher, you’d better watch your handle because many other people are watching TOO….

  • West Covina Watcher

    I think we need to start a new blog on the next election.

    My first question is how many people are living full or part time at roger hernandez home and will everyone using his address be voting?

    Second question if you just sleep over at his home once or twice can you vote? I am not sure if roger know’s the rules about voting however I hope he puts in the time to learn the rules and teach all of his “friends” the rules.

    P.S. Please do not scream and yell at them when you teach them this time and hold the “classes” during the day not late at night

  • Anonymous
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