On September 11, 2019, about 2000 first responders from all around Texas and the nation took part in the Seventh Annual San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Tower of the Americas to honor the first responders who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. The participants climbed the tower, 64 flights, twice, exceeding the 110 flights at the World Trade Center. Each wore a tag bearing the name and picture of one of the firefighters who died in the attack. As they completed the climb, each participant rang a bell and read the name of the firefighter on the tag that they had worn. Seven McQueeney VFD volunteers participated in the climb: Chief Tim Bogisch, Assistant Chief Ray A. Salas, President Jawad Sheikh, Firefighters Joshua Harlow, Steven Talavera, Brandon Bogisch and Mike Wiedner.
Today a settlement was reached with the GBRA for the issuance of a Temporary Injunction which will stop the draining of the lakes. This settlement protects our community and economy, and will bring all sides to the table to find meaningful, long-term solutions to save our lakes. Effective this Thursday, September 19, 2019, all Guadalupe
Valley Lakes will be closed to ALL activity for at least 30 days. During this 30 days, a panel of safety experts (one appointed by us, one appointed by GBRA and one agreed upon by the two of us) will examine the lakes and all engineering reports to determine if any safety issues exist. Upon that determination, the panel of experts will develop zones where recreational activities will be limited and/or restricted. This settlement would not have been possible without the support of our entire community, our dedicated legislators, our County Judge, County Attorney and Sheriff, our attorneys, our educators, our moral and financial supporters, the property owners and the leadership at GBRA. We are asking that ALL property owners and your guests respect the restrictions that are enacted and ordered. It will take the cooperation of all involved for us to be successful long-term.
Maria “Wally” Herrera-Hernandez
August 29, 1962 – August 25, 2019
Maria “Wally” Herrera-Hernandez of Seguin, Texas entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the age of 56. She was born on August 29, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas to Victor G. Herrera and Maria Trinidad-Pais.
Maria is preceded in death by her son, Javier Enrique Ramirez; daughter, Carolina Christina Ramirez; brother, Daniel Herrera; maternal grandparents, Inez and Carolina Ramos and paternal grandparents, Ernesto and Victoria Herrera.
She is survived by her father, Victor G. Herrera; mother, Maria Trinidad-Pais and step father, William Pais; son, Joe Angel Hernandez; grandchildren, Kalanie Hernandez and Joe Anthony Hernandez; siblings, Victor G. Herrera II, Ernesto Inez Herrera, Marisella Patriz Luna and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Maria was a loving, fun and caring spirit. She was very intelligent, creative and artistic. She was always willing to help anyone in need and would give the shirt off her back. So much so that she spent time volunteering at the McQueeney Fire Department as well as for the Blue Santa with the San Antonio Police Department. Maria was known for her protective nature, she was 4’11 and three quarters but was a force to be reckoned with. She was known for always protecting her family especially her brothers. She was also an avid shopper at the Dollar Tree and Dollar General, if it was within a 30 mile radius of her home you could find her shopping in it. Maria will be deeply missed by her family and all of those lives she touched. The Dollar Tree and Dollar General have also lost their #1 customer.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by reciting of the rosary at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. and funeral services will conclude at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family asks to make donations to The McQueeney Fire Department.
McQueeney Fire Department
9315 FM725, McQueeney TX 78123
On August 24th and 25th the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department sponsored a Mastering Fire Ground Command–Calm the Chaos class. Participants included firefighters from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, as well as all parts of Texas. The instructors were from California. Participants recieved both classroom and hands on training at the Guadalupe County Fire Training Facility.
Patrick Pinder, Guadalupe County Fire Marshal has announced that beginning August 7, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. the burn ban will go into effect. Outdoor burning is prohibited in the unincorporated areas of the county for 90 days unless the order is rescinded prior to that proposed date.
At 6:30pm on Sunday July 28th McQueeney Fire Department was dispatched for an incident on FM725 @ Old San Antonio Road where a large tree broke and came down on the roadway, striking a couple on a CanAm 3 Wheeled Motorbike and also striking another passing vehicle.
At 3:25pm on Saturday July 20th, McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a single vehicle accident on Woodlake Drive. The department responded with 4 firefighters, 1 rescue truck, and 1 engine. Upon arrival, volunteers found a single vehicle that had run off the roadway and struck a tree in the front yard of a home. The driver was out of the vehicle and appeared uninjured, however the vehicle was heavily damaged. McQueeney Fire Department medical personnel began patient evaluation. Seguin EMS responded as well and after evaluation obtained a medical refusal from the driver who was the sole occupant of the vehicle. This was the second MVA in that immediate area in as many days, the first being much less severe in nature. The fire department would like to remind drivers to be safe while operating a motor vehicle as we have seen a high number of MVAs in our area already this year, several of which have been quite serious. Agencies responding to this incident included McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department, Seguin EMS, Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, and TXDPS Highway Patrol.