iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina: Celebrating Our Heroes Honors First Responders

November 4, 2017

First Responders

This year, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina: Celebrating Our Heroes honored the bravery and resilience of our first responders in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes that rocked Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. 

Throughout the show, we met several of these incredible heroes, and heard their personal stories from serving their local communities during these natural disasters, and celebrated their fortitude. 

From 911 dispatchers, to police officers, to fire rescuers and beyond, these first responders were celebrated throughout the night. Meet some of these incredible men and women below:

Sgt. Roberto Irizarry Who Helped Organize 9 Big Trucks For Supplies To Send To Puerto Rico After Being Hit By Hurricane Maria


911 Dispatcher Deseree Who Walked A Couple Through The Birth of Their Daughter During Hurricane Irma Were Reunited

Imagine going into labor during a severe hurricane with no way to get to the hospital, or have any medical help to be able get to you? That was reality for 23-year-old Tatyana Watkins and her boyfriend David Knight. Knight had called 911 to see if any help could be sent to their home, but due to the high winds, emergency workers couldn't reach them. The dispatcher, Desiree Farrell, stayed on the phone with the couple to walk them through the delivery of their daughter, Destiny. She then conferenced in a doctor to help complete the procedure. During iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina: Celebrating Our Heroes, baby Destiny, her parents, and Deseree were reunited during a very touching on-stage moment.

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The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Team & Their Adorable Rescue Dog

Los Topos Volunteer Mexican Rescue Group

Los Topos

Sargent Daniel Mogro Who Saved A 12-Year-Old's Life After Being Stuck In The Car While Suffering A Severe Asthma Attack

During Hurricane Irma, it was difficult for emergency workers to help everyone in need due to the extremely severe conditions, and high volume of 911 calls. But thanks to one brave Miami police officer Daniel Mogro, a 12-year-old boy's life was saved. Danielle Stark's son was suffering a severe asthma attack during the hurricane, with his last words to his mother being "Mommy, I’m gonna die. I love you so much. I’m gonna die." Officer Mogro, who was on his way to another assignment, but quickly changed plans when he noticed the family in distress in their car. Turning on the sirens and helping to rush the young boy to the hospital where they had shut down the whole pediatrics section just to resuscitate him, the officer had helped to save his life. Stark calls Officer Mogro "a guardian angel" and "more than a hero. He is a blessing."

Remembering Sgt. Steven Perez 

During an emotional tribute on stage, Sgt. Steven Perez was remembered for his service and having lost his life in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Sgt. Perez drowned in his car after being trapped by Harvey floodwaters in an attempt to drive to work. Perez's family and Houston officer Jennifer Smesny were on stage to help remember the fallen officer.

City of Miami & Miami Dade Police Department

Miami Police Department

Photos: Gustavo Caballer, Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio

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