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GMC Alumnus / Saint Leo Employee Rescues Victims of Flood

From: Saint Leo University News – March 2005

The Benedictine tradition and Saint Leo’s core values are not just buzz words to the Saint Leo community. There are numerous stories of faculty, staff, students and families who live the Saint Leo values. Recently, Saint Leo continuing education student Matthew H. Haynie told a rescue story about Ed Tamayo, an instructor and advisor for the St. Petersburg Office.

Tamayo was caught in a flash flood while traveling in South Tampa on the evening of Aug. 25. Two feet of water flooded the street, stalling vehicles and stranding drivers. A cardiac patient returning from the hospital, along with 12 other cars were trapped in one intersection. Tamayo became a Good Samaritan, despite the loss of his own vehicle. He helped the cardiac patient, staying with her until he guided her to safety. He assisted the other drivers as they got into trouble with the flooded area. For three hours Tamayo continued helping people until all the stranded vehicles and drivers were safe.

Upon arrival, Haynie found the water came up to his mid-thigh. The stranded drivers relayed Good Samaritan stories about Tamayo’s courage to him. As an emergency medical technician for over 10 years, he realized that Tamayo probably saved the heart patient. “From my own observation, Tamayo is a steadfast and encouraging mentor,” said Haynie. “He is a great asset to Saint Leo, exemplifying the Benedictine values.”

Editor’s Note: Eduardo (Ed) Tamayo is a 1982 graduate of GMC high school.