Robert Garza Jr. traveled a difficult road before he was named the South Plains EMS Emergency Care Attendant for 2015.
The 33-year-old cancer survivor won the award last month during the annual South Plains EMS Conference.
Garza was chosen for the honor from more than 55 EMSes across the region.
He has served as the administrator/director of the Sundown EMS since last spring.
Garza grew up in Levelland and he joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Whitharral High School in 2000.
He was assigned to submarine school in Groton, Conn., and was trained as a corpsman. He then served on a submarine based out of Norfolk, Va.
Garza was halfway through his four-year enlistment when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He had tumors from his neck to his waist and underwent chemotherapy treatments twice a month for nearly a year.