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.

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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.

Ellen Woodside Hero

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.

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3 Replies to “Teacher Spots 7-Year-Old Student Riding His Bike Down Busy Highway. She Stopped Just in Time to Save His Dad”

  • jelly bean 2 years ago

    Thanks to the teacher for saving the lt boys life and his dad’s give this lady a raise and a certificate and praise her for what she did God bless her

  • Tiffany 2 years ago

    My 3 year old and I practice how to call 911 from my phone that is locked, we go through all the steps except actually calling but he tells me what button he is to push next. I realized a while ago that our culture has changed and this is something children need to learn how to adjust to. I have also taught my son how to get out of his own car seat and honk the horn if he is ever for some reason left inside a vehicle. Times are a changin’.

  • Ellen Puerta 2 years ago

    You just taught me something…teaching your child to get out of their car seat and honking the horn if they’re locked in the car. My granddaughter was left on a specials needs bus. We were told she had been left there for 45 min. Thank God it was in the fall so it wasn’t hot but she could have helped herself. It’s a logical idea and an eye opener. With that said teaching them to get out could cause problems while you’re driving. My son would regularly think it was funny to get out of his car seat while I was driving. I’d have to quickly and carefully pull over and strap him back in. The very last time he did it I pulled off the freeway telling him he was in big trouble. He received his first spanking and last for crawling out of his car seat. I also like the idea of showing them how to call 911 on a locked cell phone. Another eye opener. Thank you for sharing.

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