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Update: Alex Ruiz on the Road to Recovery

We recently shared the story of Alex Ruiz, an incredible young man who was traumatically injured during a high school football game. Thank you to all who donated to help support him and his family during this challenging time. They are still accepting donations should anyone want to contribute.

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We would like to share an update with you on his journey. The following is an article from The Press Enterprise.

Despite Amputation, Ex-Temecula Linfield Quarterback Hopes to Play Again

Former Linfield Christian School quarterback Alex Ruiz had a small group of people with him the day doctors amputated his right leg below the knee.

There were his parents, Michael and Shirley Ruiz, and his grandfather, Guy Miali. And then there was someone who wasn’t a relative but a person he’d grown closer to since suffering a life-changing on-field injury — football coach DeChon Burns.

“Our relationship has gone a lot deeper than coach and player,” Ruiz said. “It’s practically family.”

Ruiz, who underwent a successful surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 26, hopes he’ll be seeing more of Burns this year.

He plans to return to competitive sports — including football.

“I want to play at the highest level,” Ruiz said.

Adjusting after amputation
Before his injury, Ruiz, a junior, was second in the league in passing yards and first in tackles.

On the 15th play of an Oct. 6 game against Ontario Christian High, Ruiz tried stepping over a player with the ball in his hand but was brought down by opposing players, which caused him to dislocate his right knee and tear an artery.

After undergoing surgery after the injury, Ruiz learned that hours without blood flow below his knee resulted in the loss of function in his foot. He chose partial amputation and a prosthetic leg rather than keeping his leg but walking with a limp.

In the days before the more-than-four-hour surgery, Ruiz said he thought about what it would be like if he didn’t get the amputation.

Then he looked at his limp and knew what he needed to do.

“I’m completely confident this was the right decision,” he said.

The first thing he did after waking up was remove the blankets and look at his new leg, staring at it for a while before thinking about his future.

“This is the new normal and this is the beginning of me trying to play again,” he said.

The soreness he endured was one of the most painful experiences of his life, Ruiz said, but his weeklong stay in the hospital wasn’t all bad.

Ruiz’s meal of choice — a meal from Raising Cane’s featuring three chicken fingers, French fries, Texas toast and lemonade — was brought to him everyday by friends and family.

Ruiz left the hospital Saturday, March 3, and returned to school Tuesday, March 6. The past few months have taught him a lot.

“I was very impatient before,” Ruiz said. “I wanted to make everything happen as soon as it could. This has showed me that I’m not in control of everything.”

He planned to visit a prosthetist Thursday, March 8, to pursue getting a prosthetic for daily use and another one for football.

“I need it as soon as possible,” he said.

Can he play again?
Ruiz said he wants to resume playing a variety of sports next season.

Burns said Ruiz will have the chance to compete for a spot on his football team.

Ruiz still has the support of Chicago Bears’ tight end Zach Miller, who suffered the same injury as Ruiz last year.

“He’s kinda pushing me to go for it,” Ruiz said. “I’m still pushing him to continue playing in the NFL.”

More recently, Ruiz got a call from former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The football player-turned-minor-league baseball player told Ruiz to not let anyone treat him differently because of his injury, Ruiz said.

After graduation, Ruiz plans to attend college and study business, communications or journalism in hopes of becoming a sports analyst or TV show host such as ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Meanwhile, an online fundraiser has been launched to help Ruiz and his family pay for the prosthetics and other costs.

If Ruiz achieves his dream and plays in a football game next season, Burns said he’ll probably “break out in tears.”

“It will probably be one of the most ecstatic days of my life — right up there with getting married and having my children,” he said.

Thank you to all who donated to help support him and his family during this challenging time. They are still accepting donations should anyone want to contribute.

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We are sharing a special request with you all in support of an incredible young man.

Alex Ruiz was traumatically injured during a high school football game, and as a result will undergo amputation of his lower leg. Please consider sharing this story on your Facebook page and support this local family to help them offset medical expenses.

Alex is one amazing kid facing some huge challenges in the days ahead and every donation, no matter the size, will help. Please give today!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Valued customers,

The team at Automated Gate Services wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We thank you for another wonderful year and look forward to continuing with you in 2018.

Our business hours will vary slightly during the upcoming holidays. Please make note of the following changes to our normal business hours, and contact our office if you have any questions.

Holiday Hours
Friday, December 22nd | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, December 25th | Closed for Christmas
Friday, December 29th | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, January 1st | Closed for New Year’s day

“For a child is born to us, A son is given to us; And the government Is upon His shoulder; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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Happy Thanksgiving

Automated Gate Services wishes you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve each of you, and it is truly our pleasure to do business with you. We hope we can look forward to our continued relationship for many years to come.

Our office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

We will resume to normal business hours Monday, November 27th.

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Visit Us at the 2017 Building Industry Show – November 15th and 16th in Booth 314

2017 Building Industry Show
OC Fair & Event Center | November 15th and 16th

The Building Industry Show is an annual trade show exhibit for builders, associates and suppliers to come together for networking, educational sessions, and to build relationships with others in the industry. This years’ theme is “Acres of Fresh Ideas”, and will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center on November 15th and 16th.

Automated Gate Services, Inc. will be in attendance at Booth 314 – stop by to say hello!

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Happy Labor Day

A day to celebrate the achievements of our American workforce!

In observance of Labor Day, Automated Gate Services will be closed on Monday, September 4th. Our office will resume to normal business operation Tuesday, September 5th.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.


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Memorial Day…It’s the day that’s set aside to remember with gratitude all those who served and died for our country and our freedom. May your day be filled with memories and peace. God bless America.

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AGS to Attend FirstService Residential California Dreamin’ Inland Empire Vendor Fair

FirstService Residential California Dreamin’ Inland Empire Vendor Fair | Monday, May 15th
Automated Gate Services, Inc., will be dressed to impress in our California-themed attire for the FirstService Residential California Dreamin’ Inland Empire Vendor Fair. We look forward to seeing you there!


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