Category Archives: History

Historic Narratives of CDS.

LINE OF DUTY DEATH: FIRST RESPONDER HONORED

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This last April, CDS experienced another LODD, Line of Duty Death with Moisés Abraham Orellana trying to rescue two people taken by a riptide at Majahual beach in La Libertad.

The youth was very popular at our local base in El Congo , Santa Ana where he originates from and he was also a member of the National Institute music band.

Representative party GANA member of the Salvadoran General Assembly, Juan Carlos Mendoza, offered a minute of silence for his parents who were grateful for the gesture and asked that his memory stay strong since all he wanted was to serve his fellow Salvadorans. Immediately after required EMS courses, he put on his yellow uniform and went to work.

Juan remains a strong presence at our brother’s and sister’s local base of El Congo, Santa Ana and we and El Salvador thank you for your service.

Moisés Abraham Orellana.

Alexander Zepeda, lead delegate of Comandos de Salvamento de El Congo receiving recognition from Juan Carlos Mendoza.
Juan Carlos offering honor to the parents of volunteer LODD Moisés Abraham Orellana.

COMANDOS CELEBRATE 59th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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Representative ARENA Diputado, José Andrés Hernández, partakes in the 59th year anniversary at the central base of Comandos in San Salvador.

59 years ago, 10 brave men decided to begin a life adventure of helping others and now that spirit continues through the lives of thousands of young volunteers that are part of the great Comandos de Salvamento healthcare organization.

The dedication in our volunteers extends to every fabric of Salvadoran society. Our volunteers are housewives, caregivers, and  professionals dedicate themselves to the service of the Salvadoran public.

Many youth, men and women leave their homes in order to be first responders to Motor Vehichle accidents that have increased over the last few months. They expect nothing in return  and at times, a common thank you from the community that sees them in the pre hospital care environment makes them extremely proud for having saved a life.

59 years has been difficult since most of the first decades was funded by CDS first responders soliciting donations on the public transportation system.

Our volunteers have risked and lost their lives during natural disasters such as Hurricane Fifi, Mitch, Stan and have rescued many from floodings and land slides.

The civil war left a bad taste in our mouth due to difficult memories being in the crossfire of both sides of the argument, but we gained respect from each side due to our strong value of neutrality helping victims of both sides and civilians caught in between.

Our institution also was brought up to be a possible nominee for the nobel peace price some years ago and now arriving at the age of 59, the governing board thanks these 10 men that started this grass roots organization that was then based in Ciudad Delgado. They put their heart and soul into the founding of CDS EL SALVADOR.

During the celebration at the Central Base of Comandos, other sponsoring agencies were thanked for their spirit of solidarity. This included: FEDECACES, Pan Génesis, Plus Makers, and Doctors without Borders SPAIN. ARENA party representative José Andrés Hernández sponsored the celebration and is also advocating for a more positive fiscal sponsorship from the governmant so that Comandos can provide quality Community and EMS health care in 2020.

Arena rep José Andrés Hernández, recieves a medal in honor of his advocacy of government sponsorship..
ASTRAVIESIES is also recognized.
Doctors without Borders from Spain is also recognized.
President of the Comandos de Salvamento, Rodrigo Aguiluz.
59years has not always been easy on our institution and we continue to look for help.
Our infamous prayer.
Roberto Cruz, Executive Director, welcomes the attendees.
The future of Comandos de Salvamento.
Hundreds of young volunteers participate in the event.

57 Years of Service

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57 años al servicio de la gente, felicidades Carlos Fuentes y todos los que hacen posible el trabajo para rescatar a las personas que se encuentran en riesgo. Francisco Campos Comandos De Salvamento Base Central

Posted by Edgardo Portillo on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

Comandos Awarded Recognition by President of El Salvador

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CDS were presented with face to face presidential recognition for the heroic work the institution did at the treasurery department 4th level fire last July 7th where 4 people died.

During a formal ceremony, President Sanchez Ceren formally recognized the National Fire Dept, Comandos, Green Cross, Social Security, FOSALUD, Health Ministry, and government employees of the treasury dept who collaborated together in stamping the fire out within an hour and a half.

Also recognized for their service was the occupational securitY and the environmental corps for immediately evacuating more than 320 people present in the building.

The following people received the medal star of Nu Tanesi:

Supervisor of the environmental corps and security of the treasury dept.,Carlos Castro. José Francisco Zeceña of the National Fire Dept., Jorge Alberto Meléndez, of Red Cross; Elvis Alexis Morales Rodas, Of Green Cross and veteran Comando Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medals of Valor were also given to Salvadoran Airforce pilots Hector Rafael Marroquín Chacón, Sidney Ernesto Marenco Ardón, Robinson Salvador Cubias González, Luis Alfonso Amaya Medrano aircraft specialist Saúl Moisés Flores Cruz for their bravery, courage and professionalism while evacuating two employees from the roof. The Salvadoran government also donated 35,000 dollars to the Red Cross, Green Cross and Comandos to help each institution and their mission to offer EMS services throughout the country.

El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén awarding Comandos Executive Director, Roberto Cruz.

Salvador Sánchez Cerén placing an award on the coat of arms flag of Comandos de Salvamento.

 The president placing a star medal  “Nu Tanesi”  on Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medallas Estrella “Nu Tanesi” otorgadas a los héroes.

Remembering Doctor Carlos

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We remember that 6 years ago CDS Doctor Carlos Hernández Reyes, passed away after doing a night shift at the CDS walk in clinic. He was struck on his motorcycle on his way back home.  Carlos trained many comandos in basic suturing techniques including me between 1999 and 2002 while living at the Central Base.   May his memory remain. Guardian Angel Dr. Carlos

Mark Hoffman

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Line of Duty Death: Erick Beltrán

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This last Sunday April 10th, 14 year old volunteer Erick Beltrán was murdered while on shift at the Quetzaltepeque base of Comandos de Salvamento. Below is a formal response from the CDS Board of Directors.

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Press Release:

The Board of Directors and Executive Management of Comandos de Salvamento significantly mourns death of young 14yo volunteer  Erick Beltran due to an incident that occurred on Sunday April 10, within the premises of the CDS Quezaltepeque Delegation.

The murder is an attack on the neutral voluntary work of the Comandos de Salvamento whose mission is “to rescue the lives of people, when in danger from causes of nature or of man

CDS leadership calls for groups involved with violent activities to respect the humanitarian work of Comandos de Salvamento and other EMS agencies.

CDS work under the principle of being a neutral impartial and independent institution. We have a great commitment to the Salvadoran people suffering from the effects of violence, and we continue working to bring relief to those in need.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family of first responder Erick Beltrán and we join in solidarity with the local branch of Quezaltepeque which has more than 20 years serving the community of northern San Salvador.

God, Courage, Loyalty

For Security and for Safety

Remembering Route 47

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CDS would like to take the time and ask all to remember the terrorist attack in Mejicanos two years ago today when a bus from route 47 was taken hostage by gang members and driven to an isolated street where the victims were locked inside, gasolined, and lit on fire. Comando veteran EMS responder Luis Colato recounts that it was, “the most sad scene we had witnessed since the general offensive in 89, the gang members were pointing guns at us not letting us do our work”. While some were able to escape through windows, most later died at the hospital due to smoke inhalation and advanced burns.