Police Chief Gary Kent, left, gives officer Antonio Liendo a certificate of appreciation for going above and beyond the call of duty during a council meeting, Oct. 3.

NOLANVILLE — Not only does reserve officer Antonio Liendo serve and protect the city of Nolanville, he also saves lives.

He was sitting in a patrol car Sept. 27 after taking a course in Waco when he heard a woman screaming. That’s when his 28 years of military training kicked in.

“I’ve served on four combat tours, and something clicked and I reacted,” he said, adding that he retired from active duty June 30. “I didn’t hesitate, and I would hope someone would help me if I were in the same situation.”

The scream came from Ginger Taylor, who was having a heart attack.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Liendo said. “I suffered a heart attack last December so I recognized the signs right away and I knew exactly what I had to do.”

Liendo kept Taylor calm and breathing until EMS arrived. “I knew she was close to passing out, so I just kept her talking and focusing on me and checking her pulse,” he said. “A couple of times I thought I was going to have to administer CPR, but she held on until help arrived.”

EMS transported Taylor to a local hospital for treatment.

“When he got back from his class that day he mentioned this to me in a very nonchalant way because he is a very humble individual,” Chief Gary Kent said. “You feel a sense of pride when you pin on a badge. It’s much more than a job. It’s a way of life and he felt like he was just doing his job, but I wanted to recognize him for going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Kent presented Liendo with a certificate of appreciation during an Oct. 3 council meeting.

“It’s important for the community to know what their officers are doing and to publicly acknowledge him for doing what he did, because he didn’t have to act,” Kent said. “We are very lucky to have an officer like Liendo here in Nolanville.”

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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