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Deputy honored as hero after response to domestic violence incident on Caltrain tracks

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Person struck by Caltrain at Main Street

A San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy is set to be honored as a hero this week in connection with his response to a domestic violence incident at the Belmont Caltrain station on May 31.

At the station that day, a suspect allegedly held his girlfriend over the tracks while a train was approaching — and with her 4 year old son watching, officials said. Deputy Pedro Miqueo responded to the scene, arrested the man and allegedly went above and beyond the call of duty to assist the woman and child.

This week, Miqueo is one of three people who will be recognized for heroism at the Board of Directors meetings for both Caltrain and SamTrans.

After the arrest, Miqueo treated the mother and son “with care and compassion, connecting them with crisis counselors at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), driving her to the child’s school when she was unable to do so herself and staying in contact with her after the incident to provide further support,” according to the transit agencies.

The deputy will be honored with an award at the Joint Powers Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Two more heroes set to be recognized at the SamTrans board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5. They are Hector Tagal and Jaime Gonzalez, two RediCoast vehicle operators who sprung into action when they came upon the scene of a car accident on La Honda Road in La Honda. They called 911 about an overturned car containing an unconscious driver, then proceeded to free the driver from the vehicle by the time paramedics arrived.

“A 911 dispatch officer called the RediCoast office to thank them for saving the man’s life,” according to officials.

“Our District is lucky to have a dedicated group of employees and dedicated law enforcement professionals that take their work very seriously,” said Jim Hartnett, GM and CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District. “It is of no surprise to me that, when dangerous situations come up, that they rise to the occasion and do what they can to keep the public safe.”

Redwood City police deploying pedestrian safety campaign in September

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Redwood City police deploying pedestrian safety campaign in September

In response to a rise in pedestrian deaths statewide and nationally, Redwood City police are urging both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of each other.

With California Pedestrian Safety Month falling in September, the Redwood City Police Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety on a “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor” campaign seeking to reduce pedestrian deaths, which have increased statewide by nearly 33 percent since 2012. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 were injured on California roadways alone, according to data provided by Redwood City police.

In September, police intend to identify trouble spots in the community and to deploy a public campaign that features pedestrians clad in body armor made from car parts. The campaign aims to remind drivers and pedestrians alike of the need to be aware of one another.

“Whether you are walking or driving, there is a shared responsibility when it comes to looking out for one another,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said in a statement.

Police offered these tips for peds and drivers:

• Be obvious and predictable, crossing at crosswalks or intersections only, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
• Make eye contact with drivers; never assume a driver sees you.
• Look left-right-left before you step into the crosswalk: having a green light or the “WALK” signal does not mean it is safe to cross.
• Look for cars backing up, including white backup lights or signs the vehicle is running. Don’t dart out between parked cars.
• Avoid distractions. Don’t walk and use your phone at the same time.
• Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.

• Be alert for pedestrians, especially at intersections and crosswalks where they have the right of way.
• Put down the cell phone and just drive.
• Use extra caution when backing up. Look for bicyclists or pedestrians who may be approaching.
• Be patient and courteous. Wait for pedestrians to cross street or intersection before proceeding.

Mystery surrounds Redwood City Kaiser patient’s missing wedding ring

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The family of a man dying from cancer at Redwood City Kaiser Hospital says his wedding ring went missing inside the hospital, according to a report from ABC7 Bay Area.

Bill Halvorsen, who earned a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam, was later a firefighter and has been married to Penny Halvorsen for 47 years, “never took off his wedding ring,” the news station reported.

Family members were confused when they noticed the ring missing from his finger on Saturday morning, and his son Pete says it had to have been taken off. “There’s no way it had accidentally fallen off,” he told ABC7.

The family wonders if hospital staff removed the ring. A hospital spokesperson told ABC7 Bay Area that the ring has yet to be found after an extensive search of the rooms where he was treated and trash bins. The hospital staff even consulted the linen supplier and interviewed all staff members who worked with the patient.

The traditional gold band is inscribed on the inside with Bill and Penny and 12/11/1971, according to the news report.

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