CDS responded to an Mass Casualty Incident MVA that involved a bus and a car along KM 28 along the Pan-american Highway where a female and minor were DOA and others with multiple injuries. The incident took place near Santa Cruz Michapa in Cuscatlán.
CDS did what they could to secure, triage and securely package the injured and supported forensics in identifying the deceased.
Six males that were leaving a bar were machine gunned down this afternoon. Comandos de Salvamento arrived on scene and attended to the victims barely presenting vitals until declared deceased by the forensic team out of Medicina Legal.
Another victim was outside the establishment expired due to multiple gunshots.
The event took place along 24ª. Avenida Norte y Calle El Tamarindo near to the Tiendona Market. CDS stayed for crowd control and to assist forensic detectives.
The Board of Directors of Comandos de Salvamento of El Salvador gave their delegations a batch of masks that were recently donated by the authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance.
The masks come to help first responders to be part of their biosecurity team during emergencies that are covered daily and due to the COVID pandemic, the protection of volunteers is urgent.
The President of Comandos de Salvamento, Licda. Rubia Guadalupe Palacios de Clímaco, affirmed that it seeks to strengthen the biosecurity measures of the first-aid personnel since most of them are young people who dedicate their free time to help those in need regardless of their race, religion or political creed.
CDS leaders and volunteers supported Manuel’s family and handed his mother the Guardian Angel Medallion given by the governing body of Comandos de Salvamento. This designated him as a hero of CDS SINCE HE GAVE OVER 25 years of his life to serve Salvadorans when they are most in need. Manuel was buried in La Bermeja cemetery where he was given well deserved honor for his service. Feliz viaje amigo.
Today we lost one of our most cherished veteran first-responders. So much was his greatness that only his humility and courage surpassed it. We saw him carry wounded children, men and women amid shootings and tear gas during civil unrest and civil war.
He had an unwavering spirit of service. Manuel Funes “El Colera” as we affectionately called him in within our ranks.
The Board of Directors of Comandos de Salvamento regret the death of our colleague and friend who for many years wore the yellow uniform dedicating his time to the service of others.
I first met Manuel in 1996 as he trained me to be a first-responder “estilo Comando” while embedded with Comandos de Salvamento at their main base in San Salvador. During street protests and riots, he taught me to always bring civilians to “our” ambulance instead of “their ambulance”, “because we will never see them again if you don’t Marko.” We also worked side by side in Bajo Lempa during Hurricane Mitch Evacuations and recovering the dead in January 2001, at the first true ground zero of 2001 where an earthquake caused a landslide to cover 800 homes.
His sense of humor helped a lot of us that day. We will miss you COLERA!”