CARLSBAD, N.M. (June 22, 2021) — Carlsbad Fire Department Lt. Mark Moreno is one of two local first responders recently honored through Devon’s Hometown Heroes Program, which recognizes the people who help keep southeastern New Mexico safe.
The initiative highlights the diligence and level of care provided by emergency responders, including law enforcement officials, firefighters, EMTs and city employees.
“Mark is an outstanding employee and great leader who takes immense pride in his work,” said Carlsbad Fire Department Chief Richard Lopez. “He is an exemplary role model to his crew and loves serving his community. Mark’s compassion and dedication are what make him a true hometown hero.”
Moreno has been with the Carlsbad Fire Department for over 15 years and has frequently jumped into tense situations without thinking twice. He once initiated CPR and saved the life of a man who had collapsed on the sidewalk outside the fire station.
“Emergency responders like Mark make critical lifesaving decisions amidst chaos and regularly put the community’s needs above their own,” said Shannon Johnson, senior community relations specialist for Devon. “The Hometown Hero award is a small token of our appreciation for his willingness to do whatever it takes to keep his neighbors safe.”
Patrolman Carlos Verdugo of the New Mexico State Police Department was also recognized with the Hometown Hero Award.
Devon Hometown Heroes are named once a quarter, and nominations can be submitted at www.devonenergy.com/hometownheroes. All nominees must serve in an emergency response role in either Eddy County or Lea County, New Mexico.