Justin Schmidt was honored as the 2015 Firefighter of the Year on Thursday night when the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department held its annual banquet.
The award was presented by Roy Joe Howard and Juan Maldonado.
“This individual wears many hats. He is always on the go and he loves his family,” Maldonado said. “He goes above and beyond for this department... He is a perfect example of our motto: ‘Deeds, not words.’”
Schmidt is a 12-year veteran of the department. In addition to being on staff of the Uvalde Fire Department, he is also a volunteer for Sabinal VFD.
Speaking Friday, Schmidt said the award was unexpected.
“I am very humbled to be honored like that amongst such fine and outstanding individuals that have done so many great things for this community,” he said.
As 2015 came to a close, Uvalde County Appraisal District saw an avalanche of money come in as property owners hurried to pay their tax bills before any penalties or interest begin to accrue. “I know that over two days we collected over $2 million,” said Albert Mireles, UCAD chief
by Meghann Garcia, managing editor The Democratic Party primary ballot features four contested races on the local level, with two or more candidates seeking to be the party’s nomination for sheriff, tax assessor/collector, and constables for precincts one and four.
Uvalde County candidates are otherwise unopposed for Republican and Democratic party races. The primary election will take place on March 1.
For the Democratic Party’s nomination for sheriff, incumbent Charles Mendeke is facing challengers Armando M. Garcia and Otto E. Arnim. All three candidates are Uvalde residents.
The Republican Party is not fielding a candidate for sheriff.
Incumbent tax assessor/collector Margarita “Maggie” Del Toro” is facing challenger Diana Uriegas Flores, both of Uvalde, for the Democratic Party’s nomination. On the Republican Party ticket, Knippa resident Rita Cordova Verstuyft is unopposed for the party’s nomination.
Claudia and Marius Pistin of Uvalde welcome their son, Nehemiah Marius Pistin, born on Jan. 1, 2016, at 4:07 a.m. at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. That makes Nehemiah the first birth of 2016 and the official New Year’s baby for Uvalde County.
Nehemiah weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.
The name Nehemiah, meaning comforted by God, has biblical roots. Claudia said both parents fell in love with it the second they considered it as a name for their son.
The couple had no idea about how the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce and UMH partner to give the first baby born each year a gift basket.
“We didn’t know about it until all of the nurses told us,” Claudia said.
A 26-year-old man was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio on Dec. 31, 2015, with stab wounds he received during an altercation in the parking lot of Applebee’s, 3060 E. Main St.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. Multiple witnesses phoned police, but both the stabbing victim, David Gomez Jr., and his attacker fled the scene prior to their arrival.
Police say it is not yet clear why Gomez fled or what the altercation was over, but he was later found hiding behind his residence at 823 1/2 N. Getty St.
According to Uvalde Police Department, Gomez suffered four stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. Uvalde MedAir-1 landed at Flores Middle School, 901 N. Getty St., to transfer him to University Hospital in San Antonio.
According to police, Gomez said he ran from Applebee’s to his North Getty Street residence.