Officers rescue man and 9-year-old boy after bee attack in western Hidalgo County

Officer Aaron Gonzalez (left) and Sgt. Oscar Barron Jr. (Photos courtesy of the Peñitas Police Department.)

Bees attacked a man and a 9-year-old boy near Peñitas on Sunday afternoon.

At about 5 p.m., the Peñitas Volunteer Fire Department responded to an emergency call near the intersection of Tom Gill Road and Mile 5 Road, said Peñitas police Chief Roel Bermea.

Bees had swarmed a family gathering, attacking a man and a 9-year-old boy. Attempting to get away from the bees, they ran toward a brushy area.

Firefighters couldn't immediately locate the man and the 9-year-old boy, Bermea said. They called the Peñitas Police Department, which dispatched Sgt. Oscar Barron Jr. and Officer Aaron Gonzalez to help. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and Hidalgo County EMS also responded.

They searched the brush together, eventually locating both the man and the 9-year-old boy.

"The sergeant did say that one of the EMTs that responded was allergic to bees and he still went in, looking for the subjects," Bermea said.

Hidalgo County EMS transported the man and the 9-year-old boy to a local hospital for treatment.

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