RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — A man is recovering after being attacked by a large swarm of bees in Willacy County.
He says it’s thanks to two local sheriff’s deputies that he’s alive.
Deputies David Osorio and Roy Moreno found a man lying unconscious face down in a ditch being attacked by a swarm of bees.
“When I got there, he was covered in bees on his back, he wasn’t moving, we didn’t know what his state was at the time, once I grabbed him I noticed he was breathing, but he wasn’t really saying much,” said Deputy Osorio.
Deputy Osorio said he couldn’t get close to the man because of the massive number of bees completely covering him.
He had to get creative and quick, using whatever he had in front of him.
“I got a fire extinguisher and sprayed the area and that’s when I passed the extinguisher to my partner,” said Osorio.
His partner is Deputy Roy Moreno.
“That’s not something they teach you in the academy,” said Deputy Moreno, “I didn’t know what was going on with him because he was not responding, pretty much on the floor face down in a ditch.”
The two sprayed down the main with the fire extinguisher until some of the bees died.
“I was able to carry him and I was able to take him to the EMS,” said Osorio.
The man was taken to a hospital where he recovered.
The deputies say they are grateful they got there quick enough.
“It was a good feeling, right now with everything going on, I just want the community to know regardless of the danger that arises, we’re going to be there for them,” said Moreno.
Both deputies received minor injuries from the bees, but are doing fine and are both back to work.