November 16, 2021
Jay Peña, a former San Antonio Police Officer, spent weeks in the Lung Rescue ICU at Methodist Hospital fighting COVID-19. Jay passed away on September 26, 2021, leaving behind a legacy with his brothers and sisters in blue. He was active in his community and gave back to others every chance he could.
Jay was a member of the Blue Line 4x4 Texas Club, a San Antonio-based group inspired to bring police and the general public together to give back to the community. The group is comprised of police officers, first responders, military personnel and medical professionals. The organization is known for presenting Heroes without Capes awards to groups and individuals who display selfless acts of kindness and go above and beyond in the act of service.
After Jay lost his life to COVID-19, the Blue Line 4X4 Texas Club renamed the Heroes without Capes award to the Jay Peña Award in honor of his efforts in helping others and going beyond the call. On November 15, 2021, members of the Blue Line 4X4 Texas Club, along with Ashley Peña, Jay’s wife, presented the Lung Rescue ICU at Methodist Hospital with the first Jay Peña Award in honor of their outstanding care and tireless efforts in treating Jay.
“We thought it was appropriate that the first Jay Peña Award be given to you all,” commented Rudy Guzman, President of the Blue Line 4X4 Texas Club. “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything you did for Jay. Your work never went unnoticed. It has touched our hearts and we hope this is a token of our appreciation for everything you do.”
A trophy and certificate were presented to the unit, and the care team who treated Jay was able to reunite with Ashley to remember Jay’s caring soul.