Senator Boxer: Honoring the Heroism of Fresno Resident Victor Perez
Monday, November 29, 2010
I want to share with you my recent Congressional Record statement honoring Fresno resident Victor Perez, whose heroic actions led to the rescue of a young kidnapping victim and the arrest of her alleged kidnapper.
TRIBUTE TO VICTOR PEREZ
Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking Fresno resident Victor Perez for his valiant actions that resulted in the rescue of an eight-year-old kidnapping victim and the arrest of her alleged kidnapper.
I know I am joined by the victim's family and friends, the Fresno Police Department, the entire Fresno community and so many others across the country in offering my deepest appreciation to Mr. Perez for his bravery, his quick thinking and his willingness to put himself in harm's way to protect a child.
Mr. Perez, like many others in Fresno and around California, was deeply concerned when he learned the news about the abduction of an 8-year-old girl from the front yard of a home in central Fresno on October 4.
The next morning, when Mr. Perez noticed a truck outside of his home that matched the description of a vehicle of interest reported in the news, he decided that time was of the essence and he had to take action.
Without hesitation, Mr. Perez jumped into his truck and pursued the suspicious vehicle. At one point during the pursuit, he noticed a young girl in the passenger seat, which strengthened his resolve to track down the vehicle. After seeing her, he said he had only one thought in his mind, ``I've got to get that little girl out of there.''
He bravely pursued the suspect with selfless disregard for his personal safety until he successfully cut off the vehicle, forcing the suspect to stop.
Sensing that he was cornered by Mr. Perez, the suspect pushed the young victim out of the car and sped off. Mr. Perez immediately tended to the young victim and called 911 so that law enforcement officials could continue to pursue the kidnapper. When the young girl told Mr. Perez that she was scared, he assured her that she was out of harm's way.
As a result of Mr. Perez's heroic actions and the speedy response by hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions, the suspected kidnapper was apprehended. Most importantly, the young girl has been reunited with her mother and her family.
I am thankful for Mr. Perez's altruism and courage. His selfless actions that led to the rescue of this little girl represent the best ideals of being a good neighbor, a Good Samaritan and a responsible member of a community.
We shall always be grateful for his heroic deeds on the morning of October 5, 2010.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer