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Texas Honors Injured Paramedic Who Pushed His Partner To Safety

Rory Barros was named EMS Person of the Year after pushing his partner out of danger.

WACO, Texas – A Waco paramedic who was severely injured when he was struck by a car at an accident scene has been named the state’s EMS Person of the Year.

East Texas Medical Center paramedic Rory Barros, 31, remains in a Temple critical care unit more than three months after the car struck him and pinned him against the rear of his ambulance.

The award “honors an EMS-certified person who has demonstrated uncommon leadership and courage in providing emergency medical service to the citizens of Texas,” the department says on its website.

Barros has undergone 15 surgeries to repair fractures, extensive leg burns and injuries since the car struck him on Aug. 19 at the accident scene on Loop 340 in Waco.

The driver of the car that struck him, Alec Nava, 36, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and driving with an invalid license, police said.

KWTX reported Barros’ wife, Amy, accepted the award on his behalf.

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Troy Shaffer
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