An employee of the West Valley Water District found a suspicious object which turned out to be a pipe bomb while checking a meter in the area of Bloomington on May 2.

Gilbert Olivarez found the pipe bomb while fulfilling his routine duties and immediately contacted authorities, who called in a bomb squad.

Police determined that the item was no longer considered to be an active pipe bomb because it had deteriorated from being outside in the sun, but authorities said it was still important that the object be removed from the public vicinity.

West Valley Water District President Michael Taylor commended Olivarez and authorities for quickly reacting to the situation and maintaining the safety of the public.

“These heroic efforts do not go unnoticed," said Vice President Kyle Crowther. "We are grateful of the teamwork effort of our staff and local authorities.”

Olivarez was recognized by the West Valley Water District during a special presentation at its Board of Directors meeting on May 16.

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