A family thanked a South Carolina teacher for saving a dad’s life.
Keller Sutherland was headed home after a full day of teaching when she spotted one of her former students riding his bicycle on a busy highway.
The Ellen Woodside Elementary teacher said second-grader Cameron Simoncic was riding down Highway 25, dodging cars while crossing over four lanes of traffic when Sutherland felt concern for the 7-year-old.
She told her husband:
“‘There’s a child in the road on his bike, not sure what’s going on but I feel like I need to turn around and see what’s going on.’”
WSPA reports, the boy’s dad was at home unconscious after a diabetic episode and needed immediate medical attention.
Simoncic tried calling 911 but he couldn’t unlock his dad’s cell phone and his neighbors weren’t home, so the 7-year-old decided to ride about 5 miles away to his grandmother’s house. Keller was driving in the same direction. She said:
“God just intervened and placed me where I needed to be in that moment for Cameron.”
Sutherland had actually left school early that day and canceled a meeting. The boy told the first-grade teacher:
“‘My dad’s diabetic. Sometimes he has episodes and when he does he loses brain function.’ And I said, ‘So dad needs help?’”
They got back to the house and called first responders. Simoncic’s dad needed an insulin shot and food to normalize his blood sugar levels. He’s recovered since the medical crisis.
The Greenville County School District said Sutherland is deserving of recognition for taking action outside the classroom to save a student’s family member.
Teachers create bonds with their students every day. This week a teacher and student saved a life. Keller Sutherland was driving home from Ellen Woodside Elementary when she saw a child riding down Highway 25 on his bicycle. The child appeared scared and was peddling as fast as he could. Sutherland recognized the child as one of her former students. With her help Cameron was able to get home safely and contact first responders to revive his unconscious father.
Posted by Greenville County Schools on Sunday, February 10, 2019
They wrote on Facebook:
This week a teacher and student saved a life. Keller Sutherland was driving home from Ellen Woodside Elementary when she saw a child riding down Highway 25 on his bicycle. The child appeared scared and was peddling as fast as he could. Sutherland recognized the child as one of her former students.
In the video, the school’s principal, Shawn McCain, said the school plans to teach students how to make emergency calls from cell phones with a passcode.