South Carolina Teacher Spots 7-Year-Old Student Biking on Highway to Save Dad’s Life
Last week, seven-year-old Cameron Simoncic returned home after school to find his worst fear: his father lying unconscious in the kitchen.
"My dad has diabetes and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can't function," Cameron, a second-grader at Ellen Woodside Elementary School in Pelzer, South Carolina, told WSPA.
He said he tried to unlock his dad’s cell phone to call 911, but he didn't know the passcode. His neighbors weren’t home either.
"I knocked on the doors but neither of them was home, so I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandmas," he said.
Cameron crossed over four lanes of traffic, dodging cars to get to Highway 25 in order to reach his grandmother’s house five miles away.
Heading the same way was Cameron's first grade teacher, Keller Sutherland. She was heading home after a particularly hard day at work. Sutherland said she was on the phone with her husband when she spotted a small boy peddling furiously among the cars.
"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," she explained to WSPA.
When she pulled over, Sutherland said she was shocked to find out that child was a former student, Cameron, who she had in class last year.
Two other men also pulled over and called 911. When first responders arrived, Cameron was able to give them directions to his house. His father was given the injections he needed just in time.
Praising Cameron's bravery, Sutherland also expressed gratitude to the young boy for reminding her that helping students succeed happens both inside and outside the classroom.
"There's no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me," she told WSPA.