Texas law-enforcement officials traveled to the South Bay on Wednesday to honor an "extremely heroic" San Jose woman who last year encountered a catastrophic car crash in south Texas and successfully delivered a baby girl from her dying mother, according to MercuryNews.com.
Iria Wolnick, 36, received the Director's Award from the Texas Department of Public Safety during a ceremony at the California Highway Patrol's field office in San Jose. The department's award recipients are usually in-state, but in a rare instance, it sent representatives to California to ensure Wolnick was properly recognized.
"This is the first time I've ever done this," Texas DPS Lt. Jeremy Rowlands said on the far-reaching travel. "For this kind of act we recognize citizens no matter where they're from. This was extremely heroic, and without her actions that day we would have lost two lives instead of one."
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