An elementary school teacher went above and beyond the typical teacher duties that unexpectedly resulted in her saving one of her student’s father’s life.
First-grade teacher Keller Sutherland of Ellen Woodside Elementary in South Carolina was heading home on a typical Wednesday after an after-school meeting was canceled, but first stopped to grab crackers out of a vending machine.
While driving home, Sutherland noticed a young boy riding his bicycle in heavy traffic on Highway 25. Knowing something wasn’t right Sutherland decided to turn around and see what was going on. As she stated on Facebook, “When I approached the child I realized it was one of my students from last year. This precious little boy was on his way to get help after his dad had a medical emergency at home.”
Cameron Simoncic, the first-grader in Mrs. Sutherland’s class arrived home from school to see his father passed out on the kitchen floor. “My dad has diabetes and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function,” 7-year-old Simoncic told WSPA News. After trying and failing to unlock his dad’s phone to call 911, the boy tried his neighbors, “I knocked on the doors but neither of them were home, so I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandmas.” En route to his grandmother house, 5 miles away, is when Mrs. Sutherland caught a glimpse of the boy on a mission.
“I just told my husband, I said there’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,” Sutherland explained. After catching up to young Simoncic, the pair (along with others who stopped to make sure the boy was okay) called 911 and explained the situation. Telling police officers where he lived, first responders rushed to the unconscious father.
Posting on Facebook, Sutherland said, “I am incredibly grateful to have passed by him when I did! There is no doubt that this moment was a divine intervention from God!!!”
Yesterday was a day that I will never forget! I was heading home from work when I noticed a small child riding his bike…
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