STAR Awards

Published April 2019

From left to right: Capt. Raul Garcia, Officer Elias Trevino and Project Manager Andy Davila.

Elias Trevino

AhtnaSTS Armed Security Guard Elias Trevino received a Level 1 STAR Award for his detection and response to a potentially disastrous situation.

On January 22, 2019, while assigned to post at the Port Isabel Detention Center’s main gate, Trevino noticed that the driver of a vehicle approaching for inspection appeared to be disoriented. While speaking to the subject, Trevino noted the driver’s speech was slurred and saw alcoholic beverages in plain view. Trevino asked the subject to pull out of the right-of-way, where he took the keys and secured the vehicle. When local law enforcement arrived, the subject was taken into custody. It was also learned that the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Trevino’s actions and the resulting positive outcome demonstrates an exemplary regard for the preservation of human life and an outstanding dedication to service the AhtnaSTS mission.

From left to right: Andy Davila, project manager; Bruce Carter, safety manager; Izick Garcia, chief of security; Joe Blanchard, assistant project manager; Capt. Raul Garcia, Lt. Charlie Guillen (holding the plaque), and Capt. Ruben Ramos.

Lt. Charlie Guillen

AhtnaSTS Detention Lt. Charlie Guillen received an Ahtna Level 1 STAR Award for his contribution to saving a life. On December 28, 2018, Guillen responded to a medical emergency in a male dormitory at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas.

He found an unresponsive detainee lying in a bunk without a pulse. Guillen began CPR and, at the fourth compression mark, the detainee took a deep breath and started breathing on his own. Guillen stayed with the unconscious man until on-site medical staff arrived.

Guillen’s extensive training and quick reaction to a crisis situation prevented the loss of life of those we are entrusted to protect. His actions and the resulting positive outcome demonstrate an exemplary regard for the preservation of human life and an outstanding dedication to the AhtnaSTS mission.