City employee honored for saving elderly man’s life

Thomas Gallagher - City Employee of the Week
Thomas Gallagher - City Employee of the Week

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Department of Senior Affairs supervisor was honored by the city Friday for saving a life.

Back in March, Thomas Gallagher was at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center when an elderly man became unresponsive in the middle of eating lunch.

After calling 911, Gallagher jumped into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver and when that didn’t work, CPR.

Just before first responders showed up, the 86-year-old began breathing again.

Officials say Gallagher’s actions saved the man’s life.

At a ceremony Friday, Mayor R.J. Berry recognized Gallagher as this week’s “City Employee of the Week.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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