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Deceased ER worker fondly remembered by co-workers

Deceased ER worker fondly remembered by co-workers
Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 3:39 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Emergency room staff deal with bad car accidents frequently. It can be different when one of their own is in a fatality.

The Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital emergency room staff wanted to talk about their respected co-worker.

While doing so, they hope to send a powerful message.

Anyone entering Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital’s emergency room on the 7 to 7 night shift would likely be greeted by Hector Martinez. His empty chair is next to admissions co-worker Ashlynn Stamps.

“He was a calm voice to our ER. He brought peace to scared families,” Stamps said.

Martinez was a stickler for detail, according to ER technician Michelle Bush. She said that was even more apparent if the patient was in labor.

“If they were actively contracting, he would make sure to call us and tell us, ‘This one got to go,’ Bush said with a smile “He didn’t want no babies born out there.”

Seven days on. Seven days off. And Martinez was only man on the night crew.

“Women 14 nights out of the month. That’s all he dealt with. Bless his heart,” said charge nurse Aryn Thornell.

Humor, encouragement, and love.

“Hector hugs,” the women said all together.

And the best hugs were saved for his children, a 12-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

“My heart goes out to them. But they need to know their dad was very proud and loved them dearly,” Thornell said. “And he would want them to pick themselves up every day and keep going and work as hard as possible. Because that’s what he did.”

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Martinez was hit by a motorist, reportedly late to work, who was passing where there was a solid stripe. Both swerved, ending in a head-on collision.

The ER staff used the tragedy to convey a message important for all to hear.

“It’s better to be late somewhere than not to be there at all,” Bush said. “Life is too precious. And this is likely to have destroyed two separate families.”

The accident is still under investigation by DPS.

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