Garbage collector honored for his heroism at fire

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.

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