He took action to save the life of a fellow police officer during a shootout with a suspect despite the fact that he had been shot himself, and on Monday, his actions were recognized by police brass and other community leaders.
Senior Officer Manny Gonzalez, a 19-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department, was honored at the first annual Labor Day Picnic at the shopping center on the corner of Airline and Alameda.
It was back in March when Gonzalez and another officer, 55-year old Michael Goodman, responded to reports of a suspicious person in a neighborhood near the Corpus Christi Country Club. That suspect, 22-year old Travis Magill, shot at the officers, wounding Goodman in the leg and neck, and shooting Gonzalez in the leg.
In the heat of the moment, Gonzalez put a tourniquet on his partner's leg, and then he put one on himself.
"It's humbling to be recognized. Like I said, it's part of the job. It's what we do. It's what we train to do," Gonzalez said. "You just never know when that day is going to come where you are put in that situation. That's why we train and train, to react the way we do."
Two others were honored at Monday's Labor Day Picnic, including a Corpus Christi firefighter and a teacher at Schanen Elementary School.