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COM release 7.19

July 19, 2011
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An update on Carmen Sauceda
The incident occurred Friday, July 15. at 7:26 p.m. Two COM police officers responded to a fire alarm in the math wing of TechVoc building. Officers immediately checked classrooms for fire or smoke. Custodian Carmen Saucedo was found injured on the floor in one of the classrooms; she was surrounded by ceiling tile debris and cleaning equipment. An ambulance arrived at 7:33 p.m. and rushed her to UTMB where she remains in critical condition.

COM Campus Police Chief E.W. Carr immediately contacted the Galveston County District Attorney’s office so that a full and independent investigation could be conducted. Johnny Freeze from the DA’s office is the lead investigator. The preliminary investigation revealed that Carmen was either retrieving or returning her cleaning equipment to an area that she was not authorized to use. It appears she may have lost her balance and fallen from a HVAC platform above the ceiling. She fell the equivalent of two floors through the ceiling and landed on the classroom floor. The preliminary investigation concludes that she was injured from the fall and not from being hit by her equipment. The fire alarm was somehow activated as she fell. It has not been confirmed at this time why she was in the HVAC area or how she had access to the HVAC area, as all doors to the HVAC areas are locked and Carmen was not authorized to have a key.

College of the Mainland has set up a fund for Carmen through its Foundation Office to help defray any medical expenses she may incur. If any one would like to donate they may contact Monica O’Neal in the COM Foundation Office at 409-933-8557.

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