Waco paramedic risked his own life to save partner

By  | 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Rory Barros, 31, an East Texas Medical Center paramedic who was struck and critically injured early Saturday morning at an accident scene in Waco, risked his own life to save his partner, East Texas Medical Center EMS Division Chief Dale Yates said Wednesday.

Rory Barros with his wife, Amy. (Courtesy photo)

"Rory is a real hero who shoved his paramedic partner out of the way right before the car struck him."

Barros underwent an eight-hour surgery that stretched into the night Tuesday and faces additional operations during what officials say will be a long recovery.

Barros suffered pelvic and leg fractures when he was struck by the northbound vehicle early Saturday near the intersection of Loop 340 and Imperial Drive.

His partner and an intern who witnessed the accident are both traumatized, and are victims as well, ETMC Director of Operations James Stefka said Monday.

“They’re like my family and it just hurts,” Stefka said.

The driver of the car that struck him, Alec Nava, 36, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault on a public servant and driving with an invalid license, police said.

He was jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $40,000, but has since been released.

Barros was among the first responders dispatched at around 3:40 a.m. Saturday to the scene of the accident in the Loop 340 median.

ETMC paramedics were performing first aid on a person injured in that crash when the vehicle police say Nava driving struck Barros, pinning him against the ambulance.

Barros was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.