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Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Deeds earn Natividad `Hidden Hero' award

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 6, 2001 - A man described as modest, quiet and humble was named the winner of the 2000 Ruiz Profile of Courage/Hidden Hero Award, which was given out Saturday night at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"The profile of the Hidden Hero is an individual who looks and finds ways of filling the necessities to make one's lives a difference," said Dianne Florez, who had the honor of presenting the important award at last Saturday's special event to Ben Natividad.

"It is an individual that strives to live a life helping and serving others," said Florez. "This individual has unique feelings and sentiments that sees the importance of each and everyone's needs."

The Hidden Hero can be seen in each and everyone of us, but the key to it all is that when the key is in your heart _ will you use it to open the door and the way to better someone else's life, according to Florez. "We all try to maintain the Golden Rule and try to apply it to the neighbor across the street or to the fellow sitting next to you. But the Hidden Hero just doesn't think _ he acts on it, he puts words and thoughts into action," said Florez.

Florez said that this year's Hidden Hero should be welcomed and recognized for all the services and courage he wholeheartedly gives. "He is a man who puts God first above all by volunteering and building the church spiritually, cleaning and maintaining the cemetery, remembering and honoring to the highest regards to a fallen veteran, volunteering and finding the time to deliver meals to those confined at home, and assuring that families needing a warm place and a roof over their heads are provided during our community Christmas in Spring," said Florez.

Florez said in the winter Natividad always checks on anyone that he thinks might need help with heating and in the summer he checks to help with combating the heat problem for others, and cleans the Santa Rosa Cemetery. It takes him about a week to complete the job if he doesn't get any help.

During the 16th of September Fiesta, he helps in getting things set up. Anything from helping to move the portable buildings from the back of the church to the fiesta grounds, to going out and gathering material to put on top of the structure that will provide shade.

The Christmas in Spring program has been able to assist several families a year with home repairs due to the invaluable services of Natividad, a member of the group's board. When the application is approved, he visits the home and evaluates the needs to be done, makes a list of the materials needed, organizes the family work crew, and selects the materials. He then oversees the work until the job is completed.

Natividad has worked in this capacity for over 12 years. He and Joe Tersero worked together in the beginning, but since Joe moved away, Ben has worked alone for the past three or four years, Florez said.

Natividad was born March 15, 1938, to Manuel and Belen Natividad. He has seven siblings, three of whom are deceased.

On Feb. 6, 1956, Ben and Ernestina Pena were married. He is the proud father of five children, the grandfather of 10 and the great-grandfather of three.

In January 1956, Natividad enlisted in the United States Army. He served with the RA 25971265 Paratroopers, Company "M" 188th Air 11th, ABN Division.

Some of his affiliations are with the Catholic War Veterans, Military Funeral Volunteers, V.A. Hospital Volunteers, Christmas in Spring, Meals on Wheels, Santa Rosa Catholic Church Member and volunteer.

The Natividad Family was honored as the Reeves County Hispanic Pioneer Family on Sept. 23, 1995. This reception and ceremony was held at the West of the Pecos Museum.

"This person is a veteran himself, a man that I so highly respect and appreciate and want to thank for serving and saving our home, the United States of America, a dignified man that brings love to his family by giving to others," said Florez.

The Hidden Hero award was one of eight awards given out Saturday at the Chamber banquet. Among the other awards was the Agriculture Award, which was presented to Ysidro Renteria.

Renteria served as a minority advisor for the Agricultural Department of Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee for a couple of years. He is now serving as one of the Directors for the Upper Pecos Natural Resources Conservation Service Committee, since 1999. He is also a member of the board for the Trans Pecos Cotton Association Committee.

The 39-year-old Renteria was born April 1, 1961 in Pecos and lived most of his life in the Pecos-Mentone area. He was raised on a farm and helped his grandfather, who was a farmer and his father, who is currently a farmer also. He attended Wink schools and graduated from Wink High School in 1981.

Renteria obtained his own farm and started farming on his own in 1984.

He got married in April 1984, to Diamantina Villalobos and the couple has two children, Ysidro, Jr., who is 14 years old and Amanda Nicole, who is nine years of age.

Pecos FD hosts regional emergency training class

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 6, 2001 - The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) is scheduled to host an Incident Command System (ICS) school for all emergency responders from across the region the week of Feb. 26 at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Fire Chief Roy Pena said the training class would last four days, ending on March 1, and would teach emergency responders what needs to be done in case of a disaster situation, such as bomb threats or natural disasters.

"We're getting ready for the unexpected," he said.

The program is designed to train emergency responders with the responsibilities to use, deploy, implement and or function within an ICS, according to a information sheet sent to many fire departments across the state.

Pena said that emergency responders would include the firemen, Reeves County Sheriff's Deputies, Pecos Police Officers, Emergency Medical Personnel as well as the mayor, county judge, Town of Pecos City Councilmen, Reeves County Commissioners, DPS Troopers, school and hospital administrations.

Dallas Renfrew, former President of the Texas State Fireman and Fire Marshall Association, is scheduled to be the instructor for the training classes.

Pena said that when Renfrew was president he was in charge of all the fire districts in Texas, "but happens to be from our district."

Renfrew, who is originally from Seminole, would cover ICS command and command staff functions and applications; command function exercises; ICS general staff functions and applications; ICS staff function exercises; ICS practical applications; adopting an ICS and ICS standard operating procedures.

Pena said that it would be at least six or seven months before another training school for this topic is held again somewhere in Texas so he is trying to get as many firemen to come to this school in Pecos as he can.

He said the PVFD has mailed information to all the fire departments in this area as well as inviting many people other than the firemen from Pecos to join as well.

"It has been mailed to all 44 fire departments in the Permian Basin," he said. "Hopefully we'll get some firemen to come in and attend this one."

Firemen and other emergency responders are not required to attend all the classes but Pena wants to encourage them to attend as many as possible.

Each four-hour class goes toward certification with the Texas State Firemen and Fire Marshall Association.

"We're urging all the emergency response volunteer to attend all of the classes," Pena said.

Pena said that the classes should be interesting and worth while.

"We're looking forward to it," he said.

"He's (Renfrew) a good man," he said. "He'll make it very interesting."

Pena said that anyone in the community who is interested may also attend the four-day training session.

It is free of charge and will be held from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 _ Thursday, March 1 at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Anyone interested in attending needs to contact Lt. Javier Contreras of the PVFD at 445-3519 or go by the PVFD Central Fire Hall on Cedar Street across from Pizza Hut.

Junior high swim sign-ups planned for next Monday

PECOS, February 6, 2001 - Registration for junior high swimming is scheduled for next week at the Pecos High School Natatoruim.

Any sixth, seventh or eighth grade students who are interested in joining the Pecos Junior High swim team should be at the Pecos High School Natatorium on Iowa Street at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 19.

For more information or questions call the pool at 447-7242.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced we will indication payment and release.

David G. Salcido, 29, was arrested at 12:01 a.m., on January 30 in the 600 block of South Pine Street for assault causing bodily injury against the Family Violence Act-State Jail Felony.

Alfred Gomez, 40, was arrested at 6:57 p.m., on January 27 in the 400 block of West Seventh Street for a DPS speeding warrant.

Kristi Dawdy, 19, was arrested at 10:40 a.m., on January 26 in the 400 block of South Cherry Street on two warrants for forgery by check and theft of a firearm.

Sergio T. Castro, 34, was arrested at 11 p.m., on January 25 in the 200 block of East 12th Street for public intoxication.

Adolfo D. Chavez, 57, was arrested at 12:41 a.m., on January 25 in the 2200 block of South Park Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.

Gilbert Plasencia, 19, was arrested at 3:24 a.m., on January 25, in the 1600 block of Morris Street on a Sheriff's Office warrant for aggravated assault.

Felipe Rodriguez, 51, was arrested at 1:57 p.m., on January 23 at the Department of Public Safety office on a DPS warrant for driving while intoxicated with an accident.

James L. Sharp, 39, was arrested at 5:09 p.m., on January 23 in the 1300 block of Cypress Street on a warrant for no insurance.

Mike Franco Jimenez, 45, was arrested at 5:25 p.m., on January 26 on the corner of Pecan and `A' Streets for public intoxication with other than alcohol.

Raymond H. Theftford, 25, was arrested at 9:04 p.m., on January 24 at Balmorhea Lake for assault under the Family Violence Act.

Kenneth Northern, 33, was arrested at 2:27 a.m., on February 1 at Eighth and Ash streets for theft under $50.

Rosalinda V. Munoz, 52, was arrested at 8:38 p.m., on February 3 in the 200 block of East 12th Street for public intoxication.

Margarita A. Munoz, 23, was arrested at 10:21 p.m., on February 3 in the 1900 block of West Fourth Street on a warrant for four counts of perjury on signing forgery affidavit.

Melvin Garcia, 35, was arrested at 1:29 a.m., on February 4 in the 700 block of Cedar Street for public intoxication.


Martha Hagar


PECOS, February 6, 2001 - High Monday 79. Low this morning 45. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 35 to 40. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy: Breezy and warm. High 70 to 75. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph and gusty. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low near 40. Thursday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a slight chance of rain. High near 55. Friday: Partly cloudy and cool. Low around 30. High near 55. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Low 25 to 30. High 60 to 65.

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