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Airport Employees Lauded As ‘Everyday Heroes’ on Local Website

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

GUAM – This week Guam News Factor is featuring a heroic duo from the A. B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA). Juan S.N. Reyes and Joe Calvo are loyal workers at our airport and recently have earned heroic status among their family at GIAA.

Aside from performing exceptional work at the Airport, the gateway into Guam and the first impression for our visitors, Reyes and Calvo recently rescued a young child and assisted the Guam Police Department (GPD) in returning the child to his mother. Truly, these men deserve recognition as Guam’s Everyday Heroes.

On June 15, 2009 Reyes sent an email to his colleagues that read, “(Today) at around 1:00 p.m. Joe (Calvo) and I went off of GIAA jurisdiction with an official vehicle in good faith and Samaritan-ship…when we observed an unattended child walking alone along route 16 by Commercial Tire, we immediately took custody of the child as the roadside posed an immediate hazard to him had he walked into the street, we then notified GPD who arrived and assisted us.”

Reyes added, “Joe was able to calm the child and assured him we would find his Mother, we then assisted GPD and were able to locate the mother roughly two blocks up from where we found the child in Barrigada Heights. (The Guam Police Department officer) then thanked us as he was determining whether or not to arrest the mother for Child Neglect / Endangerment. When asked by the officer who interviewed me, whether we wanted to press charges, I simply told him to do the right thing and that we are just grateful this was not a tragic ending.”

Later it was found out the child was two years old.

Reyes, who has combined worked experience in aviation in both the military and as a civilian expressed his fascination for the world of aviation. “I feel my Job is similar to being one of the Wonders of the World,” he said.

Reyes has spent the last 15 years at GIAA and explained, “Everyday is an exciting and unique challenge in itself as aviation. It has got to be one of the most exciting careers, especially when working with a group of people with high values and integrity.”

Reyes has been happily married to his wife Frances T. Reyes for 24 years and together they have two children, a son, John A. Reyes, U. S. Coast Guard, and a daughter, Victoria L. Quinata, married to Jeremy Quinata, U.S. Air Force; and also a lovely granddaughter Adrianna Quinata.

Joe Calvo has been a member of the GIAA family for 23 years who along with Reyes has demonstrated his dedication beyond his normal scope of work by taking a young child out of immediate danger. “It felt great!” Calvo said after helping the two-year-old to safety.

Calvo expressed his enthusiasm for his job at the airport, “I love my job. I work at a great agency with great people. I appreciate the daily challenges and I never stop learning.”

Calvo has been married to June Fejeran Calvo for almost 25 years. They have two children, a son, Francis Calvo in the U.S. Air Force, and a daughter, Christina Fejeran Calvo.