LAFD Honors Chamisa Student For Bravery

Los Alamos Fire Department Station 1 C Shift crew pose with Monday with Moorea Montano who was honored for her bravery following a Nov. 6 vehicle accident in which her father was injured. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Moorea Montano sits in a Los Alamos Fire Department truck Monday with Driver/Engineer Joe DiFranco. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Chamisa Elementary School students and the Los Alamos Fire Department honored an 11-year-old girl Tuesday for her bravery during a two-vehicle accident Nov. 6 on the Truck Route near TA-53.

Moorea Montano had just been picked up by her father, Joshua Montano at Chamisa and the two were headed to Los Alamos when the accident occurred. Moorea calmly called 911 to report the accident and then called her mother, Jennifer Montano.

Jennifer Montano said when she answered the phone, Moorea told her she and her dad had been in an accident. Jennifer asked her if she had called 911 and how her dad was. Moorea said her dad looked very tired. Joshua Montano had in fact suffered a broken leg and was pinned into the car. Moorea was not injured but badly shaken up.

Joshua Montano said the Los Alamos Fire Department Station 1 C Shift was on the scene “in a flash”. Joshua Montano had to be extricated from the vehicle using the jaws of life.

The couple praised the professionalism and compassion of the entire crew on the scene.

“They were so good to our family. They followed up and checked in on us at Los Alamos Medical Center,” Jennifer Montano said.

The family also commended Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Boe who responded to the accident and later stopped by LAMC a couple of times to check on them as well.

At Monday’s event, Fire Capt. Aaron McNiff told students Moorea Montano showed great bravery when she called 911 and her mother following the accident.

“I hope Moorea will serve as an example of what younger kids in the community can do when there is an emergency. You too can be brave enough, no matter how small you are,” he said.

Moorea was presented with a t-shirt and a recognition coin during the event and afterward posed for photos with the entire crew.

Los Alamos Fire Department members, honored student Moorea Montano, center, and her family were on hand Monday at Chamisa Elementary School to celebrate her bravery following a two-vehicle accident Nov. 6. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

LAFD Division Chief Joseph Candelaria, upper left, and Chamisa Elementary School Principal Suzanne Lynne congratulate Moorea Montano, pictured here with her parents, Joshua and Jennifer Montano and her brother. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

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