SAPD chief praises good Samaritan for saving police officer’s life

‘On behalf of the entire San Antonio Police Department, we thank you for your bravery and your heroism,’ McManus told Joshua Rael

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Police Chief William McManus praised Joshua Rael, a good Samaritan, for saving the life of a police officer who had been shot during a domestic dispute call last week.

“On behalf of the entire San Antonio Police Department, we thank you for your bravery and your heroism. I mean, somebody’s under fire right outside your house. For you to come out and pull that individual inside, pull that officer inside, that’s bravery right there,” McManus told Rael.

McManus said the two officers who were shot were the first to arrive at the scene. They both sustained life-threatening injuries that required immediate medical attention.

“It was a very severe wound. It could have easily bled out, and the timing, of course, is critical when you’re bleeding, and Mr. Rael came along just at the right time,” McManus said.

The chief said he was floored when he learned of Rael’s selfless and lifesaving actions.

“I was taken aback by that in a great way, and I have so much respect for Mr. Rael that I can’t even describe it,” said McManus.

Officer Santiago Vizcarra was able to assist Rael calmly and effectively in placing the tourniquet above the gunshot wound.

McManus says both injured officers are doing well.

“I texted him two days ago, and he seems to be doing OK on his way to recovery, thank goodness. And I think he’s doing OK,” said McManus, referring to one of the officers.

McManus also acknowledged Rael’s wife and her efforts and says a recognition is in the works.


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Jonathan Cotto is a reporter for KSAT’s Good Morning San Antonio. He’s a bilingual award-winning news reporter and he joined KSAT in 2021. Before coming to San Antonio, Cotto was reporting along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas. He’s a veteran of the United States Navy.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.

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