The City of Rosenberg proudly recognized two Rosenberg Police Officers – Sergeant Anthony Schnacky and Officer Matthew Curry – at the January 20, 2015 City Council Meeting, for their collective act of bravery in November to save a car accident victim from a burning vehicle.
Upon arriving at the accident scene and assessing the situation, the two officers made a determination to extract the driver before the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Less than two minutes after the driver was extracted, the vehicle was completely engulfed.
Although the outcome can be attributed to the collective effectiveness of the emergency response system – starting with the public reporting the incident to dispatch, police, fire, and EMS making the scene in a timely manner, and ending with the successful transport of the victim to medical care and extinguishing of the vehicle fire – the actions specifically taken that spared the life of the driver are attributable to the acts of bravery demonstrated by the two Rosenberg officers. Despite risk to their own lives, the officers worked to pull the driver from the burning truck, and to move him to a safe area and care for him until Fire and EMS were able to make the scene.
The letter of commendation for the two officers reads, “Without their commitment, in the fear of danger, the driver of this vehicle might not have survived. Sgt. Schnacky and Officer Curry represented the Rosenberg Police Department and the City of Rosenberg in their act of valor and bravery, and in saving a life through their continuous pursuit of police excellence.”
The two officers were honored with the City’s Willie D. McQueen, Jr. Employee of the Quarter award, designed to recognize City staff who go above and beyond in caring out the City’s mission, and who demonstrate the spirit and heart of the Rosenberg community through their actions. The award, the highest an employee of the City of Rosenberg can receive, was named in honor of Rosenberg Police Sergeant Willie D. McQueen, Jr., after his untimely death in 2005.
Pictured are (L to R): Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; Officer Matthew Curry; Willie McQueen’s daughter, Alexandria; Sgt. Anthony Schnacky; Officer McQueen’s mother, Martha; and Rosenberg Police Chief Dallis Warren.