Humble Police Chief Delbert Dawes presented a Citizen Commendation award to Damian Decuir at the Dec. 8 city council meeting. Dawes was joined by Mayor Merle Aaron and the full council in thanking Decuir for his heroic efforts in saving two young people, ages 15 and 16, from significant injury.

On Sept. 8, Decuir was exiting his car at his apartment when he saw another car jump the curb, strike, and run over two youths. The victims had been sitting on the curb talking and were pinned under the car after it hit them. Decuir ran to the car and told the driver that she had pinned two people under her car. Not comprehending the danger of the situation, the driver said she would put the car in reverse and back off the victims. 

At that point, Decuir reached in and pulled the driver away from the steering wheel and told her to not move the car. He then ran to his own car, pulled out two car jacks, and proceeded to jack up the car that had pinned the victims. He pulled the girl out from underneath the car. Decuir was joined by Christopher Beard, who brought another car jack to the scene and pulled the boy from underneath the car. Beard was also awarded a Citizen Commendation award.

Dawes praised Decuir for “his quick thinking and action,” while the mayor said Decuir’s heroism “made everyone feel absolutely fantastic” ... to hear such a great story.

Decuir modestly said, “It was nothing and I would do it again in that situation.”

In other action, the city council received a report from Ben Rosenberg of U.S. Capital Advisors. Rosenberg assisted the city in retiring and refunding $5.2 million of city bonds. He reported that the city issued new bonds on Nov. 8. Rosenberg said that the “timing of the issue was fortunate as it occurred on Election Day. Interest rates went up immediately after the election.”

The bonds were issued to mature over the next eight years. The new interest rate of 1.43647 percent will reduce the interest expense by $434,000 over eight years. The city has received a credit rating of AA.

The council approved an ordinance allowing Memorial Hermann Northeast to build a new inpatient tower not to exceed 105 feet. Mike Hutton, vice president of operations at the hospital, reported that the improvements will cost $70 million, will add 90 patient beds, improve campus parking and provide a new gateway area. A height variance was required and the tower will be approximately the same height as the current campus tower building.

The council meeting closed on a very positive note with the presentation of over-sized, holiday thank-you cards from Octavia Fields Library Branch Manager Janna Hoglund. The cards were created and signed by library staff and patrons and given to the city council, the police department and the fire department.

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