Egbert Villegas – March Winner

Highway Hero: Egbert’s Quick Thinking and Big Heart Save the Day!

Nominator said “Egbert drove me to and from my doctor’s appointment last week. On our drive back, we saw a truck flipped over on the freeway. While others simply drove by the scene, Egbert sprung into action. He pulled over and ran to the truck to help the person who was still in the driver’s seat of the flipped over truck. People had no idea how to help the man get out of the car, Egbert helped the driver to recline his seat to be able to climb out of the car. The driver didn’t speak English, only Spanish. Fortunately, Egbert’s first language is Spanish and (since he’s studying medicine) he knew exactly which questions to ask the man in order to make sure he was okay. Once medics arrived, Egbert translated the information that the man had shared with him to the paramedics. Only once he knew the man would be okay was when Egbert left. Egbert is a Mexican immigrant and first-generation student studying Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley with the hopes of attending medical school. He’s been working since seventh grade to pay for his own tuition and help his family. Egbert’s care for others helped the man whose car had flipped over that day, and he springs to action to help others any chance he gets.”

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