Last month, the Trauma Intervention Programs of Portland/Vancouver presented a Good Samaritan Award to Mill Park Elementary Principal Rolando Florez.

The organization recognized Florez for his response to the tragic death of a Mill Park student last year.

June Vining, executive director of Trauma Intervention Programs of Portland/Vancouver, presented Mill Park Elementary Principal Rolando Florez with a Good Samaritan Award last month.

His award read in part: “The extraordinary focus that Mr. Florez displayed in the aftermath of this tragedy drew the attention and admiration of TIP staff.

“His immediate mobilization, his insistence on protecting and caring for his elementary school community, his recognition of the importance of utilizing outside resources and his gentle, loving and compassionate demeanor is recognized and honored tonight.”

Florez is credited with rapid response to this tragedy and recognized for pulling together a team of counselors to support his staff and students as they processed news of the child’s death.

Mill Park Elementary is in the David Douglas School District.

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