PNM worker helps save woman's life | KOB 4

PNM worker helps save woman's life

Ryan Laughlin
Updated: January 21, 2021 06:23 PM
Created: January 21, 2021 04:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A PNM worker became one woman’s hero when he happened to be in the right place at the right time. 

Luis Apodaca works as a meter reader for PNM. 

"We read their electric meters, and we record them in these books that are actually right behind me,” he said.

Last month, Apodaca was on his route in Silver City he came across something unusual. 

"One of the dogs was inside of her home, but the other dog was outside. And I thought to myself, ‘That was weird, you know. She usually puts both of them in.’ And so, honestly I just said, ‘Well, you know, I'm going to keep going. It's a bad dog. He's pretty aggressive’, and as I was getting ready to leave, I heard a noise,” he said.

The noise turned out to be a woman crying for help. 

"I kind of told the dog to get back and when I opened up her gate I saw her, you know, laying down, you know she was bleeding pretty bad from the face,” he said.

Apodaca immediately ran to grab his first aid kit and call for 911. 

"Honestly, the best way that I can describe it was instinct. It was just—go,” he said.

Apodaca said the woman had to be airlifted to El Paso due to a brain bleed. She’s now recovering back at home. 

"She was very grateful and very thankful. And I felt very humbled, you know? Because I care about my community,” he said.

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