We all know Trejo as Machete but we also all know him as one of the most sincere and active community member. He is always there to help his neighbors and Latinos no matter what. That is exactly what he did this weekend to make sure that everyone was taken care of because of Covid. The virus has made life very hard for people and Trejo just wants to make sure that everything is taken care of, especially food.
Trejo joined The Everest Foundation and LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Trejo is more than an actor. He is a restaurateur with multiple eateries around Los Angeles. The actor owns Trejo’s Cantina, Trejo’s Tacos, and Trejo’s Donuts and Coffee. With his ability to feed, Trejo used his restaurant to give a small amount of relief to some of the people who need it most right now. After months of working through Covid, some frontline workers were given a temporary lifeline from Trejo in the form of food.
The “Bibles and Tacos” event gave food to more than 800 families.
“During this difficult time, we want to give thanks to the East L.A. Community, especially our front-line workers that surround that facility, by spreading some joy this holiday season,” Dr. Michael Everest told NBC Los Angeles. “We are grateful to be working with Trejo’s Tacos to, once again, give back to such an important community.”
The Everest Foundation is dedicated to helping provide opportunities “for the advancement of innovation in medical education and cutting-edge medical research.” The foundation helps to break down the barriers to higher education and medical training that many face when coming from minority communities.
Danny Trejo has played many roles over his long and storied career. Whether it’s been the bad guy or his beloved role as “Machete”, Trejo can do it all. On Wednesday, the 75-year-old actor played the part of a hero as he came to the rescue of a baby boy and his grandmother that were trapped in an overturned vehicle in Los Angeles.
The veteran Latino action actor was in the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles when two cars crashed at the intersection of Hubbard Street and Jackman Avenue. According to Trejo, it appeared that the accident was caused by one driver running a red light. One of the cars was overturned due to the crash. That’s when Trejo and a fellow bystander jumped into action, rescuing a young special-needs child trapped inside, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News.
Danny Trejo squeezed his way into an overturned vehicle to save a child who was stuck due to a malfunctioning seat-belt.
Trejo would make his way into the overturned vehicle by crawling through the side of the wreckage. But he quickly found that the seat belt the child was in couldn’t unbuckle from that side of the car. Another women bystander nearby would join in on the efforts and crawl from the opposite side of the vehicle and was able to undo the buckle. The baby was then able to get saved from the car after Trejo pulled it out of the wrecked vehicle.
“I couldn’t get the baby out,” Trejo told CBS2. “I couldn’t unbuckle the seatbelt so she got in and undid the seatbelt. I pulled the baby out of the other side.”
The actor told reporters at the scene that he had prior experience working with special needs children. During the entire ordeal, Trejo calmed the young child and tried his best to distract him from the scene at hand.
“He was panicked. I said OK, we have to use our superpowers. So he screamed ‘superpowers’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers,” Trejo told ABC7. ” I said do this, with the muscles. He said ‘muscles.'”
Trejo and the young woman who saved the baby gave a quick interview and it’s exactly as nice as you’d expect.
While all this was taking place, the young boy’s grandmother was still trapped inside the vehicle. Located on the driver’s seat, firefighters had to use equipment to help remove her from the car. In total, The Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were taken to a local hospital, but there were no life-threatening or significant injuries.
At the scene, Trejo said he was thankful and credited good faith in life for everything turning out the way it did.
Trejo credited the car seat that the young boy was in that may have saved his life. “The only thing that saved that little kid was that car seat ― honest to God,” Trejo told a photographer on the scene.
When called a hero by some, Trejo brushed it off and instead pointed towards the sky and praised all the positivity in his life that has come his. Ever the optimist, Trejo also offered a lesson to take away for the horrible accident.
“Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else,” Trejo told ABC. “Everything.”
Danny Trejo has become a hometown hero and many are praising the actor for his valiant efforts on Wednesday.
When news of his valiant efforts started making rounds on social media, many were quick to call Trejo a hero for his quick actions. The actor has garnered a strong following in the Latino community for his roles and devotion towards helping those in need in his own community. From taking on his dream of starting his own restaurant business, Trejos Tacos, to even developing a sitcom based on his life, Trejo has made a name for himself in the culinary and entertainment world.
Not only is @officialDannyT (Danny Trejo) one of the nicest actors, he’s also a #hero! He was right behind a crash in Sylmar and pulled a special needs baby out of an overturned car. He distracted the boy until grandma was OK.” Veronica Miracle, an ABC7 reporter, tweeted after interviewing Trejo at the scene.
Another person tweeted a similar sentiment about Trejo saying “I’ve met Danny on a few occasions so this doesn’t surprise me at all. He’s a good as they come and down to earth. Great job brother.”
Trejo offered one last piece of advice after the incident to drivers. “Pay attention!”