FARMINGTON — Local police and firefighters on Friday recognized Blue Diamond Auto Spa and its employees for their heroism during a June 30 car crash that injured motorcyclist Harold Watts.
Fifteen employees at the recently-opened car wash were honored for lifting a passenger car off Watts and moving him to a safe location following the crash.
"Without the actions of these employees, the outcome on scene would have been very different for the patient," the certificate of appreciation states. "They were the first step in saving this man's life."
General manager Max Moreland said the award, which now hangs on a wall at the car wash, is special to him and his staff.
He said a customer who witnessed the crash described the employees at the scene as "a sea of blue," referring to their blue uniforms.
He said his employees were directed by a physician at the scene to lift the car off of Watts. After doing so, they put towels under his body to help with his burns, which he said were severe.
Wanda Trujillo, 36, of Dulce, was charged July 1 with her second drunken driving offense for allegedly causing the crash, which occurred at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Main Street and Piñon Hills Boulevard. She was also charged with causing great bodily harm with a vehicle, a third-degree felony that carries a sentence of three years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
Trujillo was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated in November 2004, according to court records.
Moreland said Trujillo "did not have any clear presence of mind" when she exited her vehicle following the crash.
Trujillo is being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $75,000 bond, according to court records. A preliminary examination originally scheduled for July 9 has been rescheduled for today.
Watts was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center after the crash and then flown to Denver Health Medical Center.
A spokeswoman for Denver Health said in the week following the crash that Watts was in good condition. He was in serious condition as of Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.