In an instant someone in a mundane occupation can be transformed by circumstances into a hero.
That is what happened last May 23 to Juan Rafael Cortés. a garbage collector in Alajuela. He was working on a route that took him to Urbanización Monte Rocoso in Coyol de Alajuela. There he was confronted by a blazing home and a screaming mother.
The woman’s child still was in the burning home. Cortés broke in through a window to save little Bielka Rodríguez while the fire consumed the rest of the home.
That’s why he was honored Friday with a medal by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros.
He also received a scholarship to finish his secondary school studies, said the national insurance company.