Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Almost Everything's Painter Saves Priest

Almost Everything's Painter, Jose de la Torre
Almost Everything Auto Body's painter, Jose de la Torre

Today's article has nothing to do with cars and everything to do with the quality of our people. Jose de la Torre has worked at Almost Everything for years as a painter and body technician. He moonlights as a superhero.

Last week de la Torre saw a man, Juan Perez, knock 89-year-old priest John Coleman to the ground. Perez is suspected of being high on methamphetamine. Perez beat the priest with the priest's own cane until the cane broke. Our painter, de la Torre, ran from his car to help. As reported in the July 17, 2015 San Jose Mercury News, the priest said de la Torre, "tackled the guy so quickly. . . like a football player. He was really outstandingly selfless." Two other men pinned Perez until police arrived. Coleman, de la Torre and the 2 other rescuers sustained cuts and bruises and were treated by paramedics. Perez is charged with four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of elder abuse.

De la Torre never mentioned any of this to us. We learned of it by reading the newspaper. That's pretty typical of de la Torre. He is as honest, hard working and humble a man as you could know and we are proud and honored to work with him.

We made de la Torre show us his injuries from his fight with the murderous meth fiend
De la Torre shows his injury from fighting off the meth addict and saving a priest.

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