Coast Guardsman Honored For Saving Man’s Life

Mayor Greg Myhre and the Stafford Township Council members presented the Good Samaritan Award to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jaime Cornejo. (Photo courtesy Stafford Township)

  STAFFORD – A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer was honored with the “Good Samaritan” award after saving a man who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

  At the May 11 council meeting, the Stafford Township Council and Mayor Greg Myhre presented a proclamation to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jaime Cornejo for heroically saving a man’s life.

  “Jamie is someone who did something few people ever step up to do. He was there, at many ways, the right time and wrong time,” Myhre said. “A terrible accident had occurred and Jamie sprang into action. He is recognized for saving a man’s life here in Stafford Township.”

  The proclamation reads that Cornejo witnessed the man being thrown off his motorcycle and hit the pavement face down. Cornejo’s extensive training in Combat Casualty Care with the Coast Guard instinctively kicked in.

  “Cornejo knew to immediately get the victim on his side and clear his airway while treading carefully not to further injure the victim. He stayed with him, keeping him awake until the Stafford EMS arrived. Because of Cornejo, without hesitation rising to the occasion to be a good Samaritan, that victim is now on the mend from the brink of death,” the proclamation reads.

  Cornejo was honored as a hero in the community of Stafford Township and was honored with the Good Samaritan Award.

  “It’s a great honor. I would say it’s a bigger honor to be able to save someone’s life and to make sure they get to come home to their children,” Cornejo said. “In my life, my father passed away at a very young age. I know what it’s like to go through that struggle. So, I’m very happy I was able to save this man’s life and return him to his family.”

  “I’m here today because of all the great mentors I’ve had in the U.S. Coast Guard. I will continue to work hard and make my family, community and country proud,” Cornejo said.