Hair stylist honored for helping save customer's life

April 10, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
Joan Ludovice, 82, may be using a walker following strokes and a heart attack but said she would not miss seeing her hairstylist and good friend Jose Moran being honored by the Hoffman Estates Police Department.

Moran was recognized Tuesday for his Good Samaritan actions in helping to rescue Ludovice while she was home alone and semi-conscious on the floor of her home.

"Because of your actions, a resident of Hoffman Estates received emergency medical attention which saved her life," Hoffman Estates Police Chief Michael Hish told Moran.

Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeon declared Wednesday Jose Moran Day and gave him a key to the city.

"We all live in our little cocoon, our little world and don't care about other people, but I think Jose has disproved this," said McLeon.

"This is overwhelming," Moran said. "I'd just like to thank the mayor, the fine city of Hoffman Estates and my friend, Joan Ludovice. So glad you were able to be here with us."

Last month, when Ludovice did not show up for her standing Friday hair appointment at Preferred Hair Salon in Schaumburg, Moran became so concerned that he went to her home. When she did not answer the door and he could see newspapers stacked outside, he called area hospitals looking for her and finally decided to notify police.

Police and fire personnel found Ludovice on the floor of her home unable to move after suffering a series of strokes and a mild heart attack.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back," Ludovice said. "Wonderful man.

"He doesn't want (the recognition), but he deserves it."

"We're very grateful," said Ludovice's son, Michael. "We owe Jose a lot. He's a great friend to her."

This may be Jose Moran Day in Hoffman Estates, but Moran is still working. He says he doesn't consider himself a hero. All he did was come forward to help a special friend.

"I don't see myself as a hero," Moran said. "I feel like I just did what I felt needed to be done."