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City employees heroism recognized by council
City Public Works Department employee Craig Wood (left) was given a commendation by Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra at Mondays City Council meeting. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

When a Ceres resident took on a burglar in his garage and was then accosted by two other men, city Public Works employee Craig Wood jumped into action. He came to the aid of the victim without much regard to his own regard.

For his role, Wood was honored at Monday evening's Ceres City Council meeting.

The incident occurred on May 2.

Mayor Chris Vierra was made aware of Wood's intervention through an email sent by homeowner Victor Vierra who explained what happened. The mayor read the email publicly.

"On Monday, May 2, I had the unfortunate experience of confronting an individual in my garage burglarizing items. Long story short, I chased him down to retrieve my items even though he threatened me. I felt I was okay until I saw he had two friends coming down the street to assist him. They threatened me as well but my pride kept me in the pursuit.

"Luckily, your worker Craig saw what was going on, came immediately down the street and proclaimed to all that he was on the phone with PD and they had better leave. Without Craig's assistance I am sure I would have gotten hurt. In today's world it is easy to look the other day but Craig got involved and I thank him for that. Please give him some sort of recognition."

Mayor Vierra thanked Wood for helping out in the situation while representing the city. He presented him with a plaque of commendation.

"Helping other people, that's just what we do," said Wood.