Ne­wark pub­lic works em­ployee hon­ored for sav­ing passed-out stu­dent

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A long­time city of Ne­wark pub­lic works em­ployee who saved a passed-out Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dent was hon­ored last week by the Ne­wark Morn­ing Ro­tary Club.

The club pre­sented its Ser­vice Above Self Award to John Bello for his ac­tions in the early morn­ing hours of March 4.

It was 4:30 a.m. and Bello, 55, had just left the city’s main­te­nance yard on Phillips Av­enue to head to Main Street to clean. He usu­ally drives his truck up South Col­lege Av­enue, turns on East Delaware Av­enue and then loops around to Main Street, but for some rea­son that morn- ing, he drove down Bev­erly Road.

It was pitch black out­side when sud­denly his head­lights flashed over a woman’s body in the 200 block of Bev­erly Road. She was ly­ing face down in the grass be­tween the side­walk and the road and wasn’t mov­ing.

He got out of his truck and tried to wake her, but she didn’t open her eyes. She was breath­ing lightly, and he could tell that she was cold, wear­ing only jeans, boots and a short­sleeve blouse.

The tem­per­a­ture that morn­ing was ap­prox­i­mately 22 de­grees, with a wind chill mak­ing it feel like 18 de­grees.

Bello took off his jacket and draped it over the woman, got back into his truck and called po­lice, who ar­rived a few min­utes later.

The woman, later iden­ti­fied as a 19-year-old UD stu­dent who had been sep­a­rated from her friends for sev­eral hours, was taken to the hos­pi­tal with non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries, but paramedics said that if Bello hadn’t found her when he did, she could have died due to the cold tem­per­a­tures and her level of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

“I’ve seen it on TV, you know, some­one sav­ing some­one’s life, but to have it hap­pen to you is a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel­ing,” Bello told the Ne­wark Post at the time.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ne­wark Morn­ing Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Robin Broomall (left) presents an award to John Bello, a Ne­wark pub­lic works em­ployee who saved a passed-out Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dent.

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