Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005
As the riverbed’s shingle tightened its grip, 14-year-old Marek Staats cried out to the man trying to save him that he was going to die.
“Not you’re not,” Peter Deam told the boy as he dug frantically to keep Marek’s head above water and shingle out of his mouth.
In a last-ditch effort, Mr Deam stripped off his clothes and dived in, swimming into the dangerous channel formed by the moving shingle.
He found Marek’s legs and tried to push him free from below. But his efforts were in vain, and just as the emergency services arrived Marek drowned. A digger had to be used to retrieve his body.
Although it is almost five years since the tragedy on the Waihao River, Waimate, Mr Deam still prefers not to talk about it. Today his efforts have been formally recognised with the awarding of the New Zealand Bravery Star.
At his Waimate home Mr Deam said he was honoured to have been nominated, but did not feel he had done anything unusual. He tried his best, but as he was unable to save Marek, he feels his actions “weren’t really enough”.
Waimate sergeant Mike van der Heyden, who nominated Mr Deam, says: “He was extremely brave to try for so long in such dangerous conditions.”
Marek became trapped after stopping to retrieve his stepbrother’s gumboot in the moving shingle, where it had become stuck. “The stones got faster and faster,” Simon Woodham-Staats told the coroner’s court. “I tried to pull him out of the stones but I couldn’t.”
He ran for help and found Mr Deam at the carpark. Mr Deam tried to free Marek with his hands but the shingle’s pull was too great. He got a rope from his car and looped it under the boy’s arms. When that did not work he drove to the nearest house to get help. When he returned Marek was buried to his chest, which was when Mr Deam got in the water.
Sergeant van der Heyden also nominated 15-year-old Hamish Neal, from Waimate, who drowned as he tried to rescue a fellow student. Mr Neal has been posthumously awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal.
A Tasmanian is Australia’s Local Hero for 2005. Coles Bay man Ben Kearney has been recognised for his commitment to the environment, with his campaign to rid his town of plastic bags.
Coles Bay became the first town in Australia to become plastic bag free.
The ‘Local Hero’ Awards are part of today’s Australia Day celebrations.
Mr Kearney is the owner of a local bakery and worked in partnership with Planet Ark.
Planet Ark founder John Dee says Mr Kearney has shown Australia a practical, everyday way of helping the environment.
“Before Ben Kearney managed to get Coles Bay to go plastic bag free, Australians were using seven billion plastic bags a year and no-one was using reusable bags,” Mr Dee said.
“What Coles Bay did was actually show people that we really can live lives without plastic bags.
“If you think in the last year alone, we’ve used a billion less plastic bags, more than ten million reusable plastic bags have been sold and everywhere you look, people are carrying green bags.”
Mr Dee says the award is well deserved and recognises Mr Kearney’s dedication to improving the environment.
“He really is a local hero, not just in Coles Bay but around the country because by getting the whole country to go plastic bag free, he’s set an example,” Mr Dee said.
“Other towns around Australia are now following [that example] and they’ve banned plastic bags too.
“He’s really making a real difference and that’s why he really deserves this award.”
Tasmania’s Local Hero Metropolitan Award winner is Linda Johnson, who has been the co-ordinator of Early Support for Parents for 15 years.
Fourth-Grader Receives Plaque At School.
Danville’s fire department once taught Jordan Shearin what to do when a building caught fire. On Tuesday, it got to honor the child for taking the lesson to heart.
Jordan, 10, is credited with helping to save the lives of his parents and three brothers when a fire damaged their Danville home Jan. 18. On Tuesday, at an assembly held for him by his elementary school, the town’s fire chief awarded him a plaque.
“Jordan is a definite hero in our eyes,” Fire Chief Mark Morgan told the students and staff who had gathered in South Elementary School’s gymnasium.
Officials said Jordan’s family was sleeping when the fire started. A smoke detector woke Jordan, who navigated smoky rooms to wake the others.
“I went down and woke up my brother… and then I went to my mom and dad’s room, crawling, and I woke up them and told them that there was smoke in the house,” the fourth-grader told RTV6’s Julie Pursley.
The family escaped. Most of the flames were contained to the basement, but the house had extensive smoke damage throughout, officials said.
Jordan had learned about fire safety from Danville firefighters who visited the school.
“Jordan’s actions show that he caught what we were saying,” Morgan told Pursley.
The boy’s parents said they are thankful for the training Jordan received.
“I’m told if it had been 10 (or) 15 minutes difference, it would have been a whole different story,” Jordan’s father, Scott Shearin, said.
The cause of the fire still is under investigation, Pursley reported. The family said it won’t be able to move back into the house for several months.
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005
Each year, heroic citizens, everyday people who have put themselves in jeopardy to do the right thing, are honored by local law enforcement and community leaders. Their deeds, recounted at a luncheon this week, are a needed reminder of the goodness in people.
Two passers-by, Ahmed Omar and Jose Lopez, heard screams coming from an apartment. Through a window they could see a woman being stabbed. They climbed over a fence, got into the home and struggled with the assailant, her husband. After wresting away his knife, they kept him immobile until police arrived.
An Oceanside woman who observed comings and goings at odd hours and other suspicious activity at a couple of “vacant” houses in her neighborhood alerted authorities. Her call led to the bust of the largest indoor marijuana-growing operation in San Diego County history. Twenty-four people were arrested and 3,100 plants were seized, as were six luxury vehicles and $120,000 in cash. The name of the witness is not being made public at this time.
Two Wal-Mart employees, Arturo Aguayo and Ruben Garcia, thought they recognized the description of a man suspected of molesting a 3-year-old girl in the store’s toy aisle. It sounded like a frequent customer, they said. When the man came into the store a week later, the two immediately notified authorities. A registered sex offender, the man was arrested, pleaded guilty and is serving a 12-year prison sentence.
John Locklar was exiting I-5 on Mission Bay Drive early one December morning when he spotted a San Diego police officer running after a man in handcuffs. Locklar pulled over, leaped from his car and tackled the man, who had jumped out of a moving police car. The man was a suspect in a vehicle theft and burglary. Turns out that about 30 years ago, when Locklar was a Marine, he came to the aid of another SDPD officer making an arrest. “I have an uncanny ability,” Locklar said, “to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Dominic Camacho, a Chula Vista elementary school teacher, also saw a pursuit, tackled the fugitive and held him for police. Camacho later learned the man was armed and wanted for the attempted murder of a police officer. There were also charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm and child abuse. Camacho explained that he feared that the man had hurt a student, so he acted instinctively. “It’s either in you, or it’s not. That’s what you do when you care about people.”
One of the younger honorees, a 10-year-old boy, was not present for the ceremony because his family is divided over his action, which led to the arrest of his mother on burglary and felony child abuse charges. He “did the right thing and came to court and testified against his mother – a very hard thing for a little boy to do,” praised San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. “He was very brave.” His great uncle accepted the award for him.
On a lighter note…
Bring local law enforcement officers together and friendly rivalry is sure to surface. Sheriff Bill Kolender announced to Dumanis, “I hope you noticed that they introduced me as the chief law enforcement officer in the county.” Not about to let that pass, Dumanis suggested that Kolender was introduced first as a sign of respect for elders.
San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne kidded Kolender about occupying a prime spot right behind Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the televised State of the State address last week.
Kolender, eyeing the impressive gathering of sheriff’s deputies, police and prosecutors at the Rotary-sponsored event, offered the most telling observation:
“This is a pretty safe place to live – even though you can’t afford it.”
A Niagara Falls teen is being hailed a hero after witnesses say he stepped up to help save a little boy’s life.
Five year old Davonte Handley was hit by a car at 24th and Michigan Thursday and became wedged underneath. Tony Taibi witnessed the accident.
The 14 year old asked someone for a jack, and used it to lift the car off the injured boy. Tony Taibi: “When I looked under the car I saw his face. He wasn’t saying nothin or moving he had a little blood on his mouth.”
Tony’s Mother Lisa Taibi: “Hopefully he helped save that little boy’s life. If it was my child I would hope and pray somebody would do the same for my kids. We’re all proud of him.”
Davonte Handley was released from Women and Children’s Hospital Friday.
The driver was not charged.
Friday, Jan. 14, 2005
A young constable leapt into a hijacked taxi moments before it crashed and disarmed a man who had stolen a police gun and led officers on a foot chase through a crowded Melbourne mall.
Lunchtime shoppers scattered as the constable leapt into the taxi and disarmed the man before the vehicle sped off, flipped and crashed on its roof.
The offender fired a shot during the struggle, with one witness describing how he heard the bullet pass through the taxis door and whizz towards Collins Place in central Melbourne.
Both the offender and the constable ended up in the wreckage of the taxi.
Other officers were at the scene quickly and arrested the gunman.
The drama began when detectives tried to arrest a man, 26, at Collingwood about 11.30am over a series of burglaries.
During a struggle, the man stole a police revolver from one of the officers and fired a single shot.
He then hijacked a Commodore sedan at gunpoint, forcing the driver to take him into the city.
Pursuing police intercepted the car in Flinders Lane and the gunman fled.
The driver was handcuffed by police but was later cleared of criminal involvement in the incident.
Shoppers in the Collins Place plaza scattered as the armed man armed ran bleeding though the ground floor level.
Witness Mr Pradeep Goyal, the manager of Toasted Eatery, said he was sitting outside his shop when he saw the man run by with police in pursuit.
“Some people hit the floor, I pushed a lady on the floor,” he said.
The man ducked briefly into a boutique, then ran out onto Collins St where he jumped into a Silver Top Taxi.
The taxi driver fled and the offender moved into the drivers seat.
Supt Mick Williams said a pursuing officer entered the taxi from the rear door and disarmed the offender.
“Whilst this was occurring a further shot was discharged from the firearm,” he said.
“The vehicle then continued moving forward and … hit a tram safety zone and then catapulted through the air and landed on the roof.”
Supt Williams praised the young policeman as “absolutely courageous”.
The constable suffered cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured.
Plumber Derek Brooker has been hailed a hero after rescuing a young woman from the hands of a sex attacker.
The accolade came from police this week after Wayne Van Der Spuy was jailed for five years for indecently assaulting a 21-year-old South Norwood woman.
He struck as she got off a tram at the Arena stop on her way home almost two years ago.
Father-of-one Mr Brooker, 36, heard her screaming and ran to her aid, causing Van Der Spuy to run off.
At Croydon Crown Court last Friday, Van Der Spuy, 21, of Grasmere Road, Woodside, was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.
Detective Constable Rob Buckell, of Croydon Police’s Sapphire Unit, said: “This was a terrible assault.
“But for the brave actions of Mr Brooker, I am convinced it would have ended far worse. “He is undoubtedly a hero.”
Father-of-one Mr Brooker, from Shirley, said: “I had got off the tram and I thought I saw two men fighting, but then I heard a woman’s screams.
“It all happened so quickly, I didn’t have a chance to think about it.
“I would hope most people would do the same if they’d seen how serious it obviously was.”
DC Buckell also paid tribute to the victim, and said: “She is a hero too.
“She has been put through 20 months of waiting for trial.
“Her resolve to stand in open court and face her attacker and never give up, when she could have thrown in the towel long ago, is a testament to her courage.
“It should provide strength to women everywhere.
“We hope this sends out a clear message that the Croydon Police Sapphire Unit will investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of any sexual crime.”
Judge Simon Pratt awarded Mr Brooker £500 from public funds as a reward for his bravery.
Van Der Spuy had denied the offence, but was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court in November.
Mr Brooker said: “I was not really expecting to be called a hero, and certainly not to get a reward.
“It is all a bit embarrassing really.”
He said his fianceé, Tracey Ruddock, was very proud of him.
He added: “I just feel very sad for the girl, who has had to wait so long for him to be sent to prison.
“I hope she can now get on with her life.”
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005
A Flinders Island man whose house caught fire owes his life to his dog and a brave Tasmania Police officer.
Graeme Jones, 45, of Whitemark, was woken by his black labrador, Louie, late Tuesday night and found his lounge room was on fire.
“I was terrified,” Mr Jones said.
Police officer Fergus Cameron, summoned by a 000 call, ran into Mr Jones’s burning home and rescued him.
“I was trying to put the fire out but wasn’t succeeding and was overcome by smoke,” Mr Jones said. “Fergus arrived in the nick of time and pushed me out of the house.
“Then he got to work on the fire and did a terrific job, running back and forth with a bucket until the fire brigade arrived.”
Sgt Cameron had to make do with a bucket as there were no water mains in the area. Police said his valiant effort kept the fire under control until the fire brigade arrived.
Northern District Divisional Insp Andrew Fogarty commended Sgt Ferguson’s actions.
“Had Sgt Ferguson not responded in the time and manner in which he did, the house would have been fully engulfed in fire and we may well have had a fatality,” Insp Fogarty said.
Mr Jones said about a third of his three-bedroom, timber house had been damaged by the fire. The property was salvageable, he said, but he was now staying with friends.
Sgt Cameron was admitted to Whitemark Hospital suffering significant smoke inhalation but was discharged shortly after.
Mr Jones said Sgt Cameron had since left the island.
“I’ve already thanked him quite a few times but I’m looking forward to him coming back so I can say thanks again,” he said.
Police said the cause of the fire was not suspicious and it was believed to have been started by an electrical fault.
Four teenage boys stepped up to become the unlikely heroes of a cliff-fall drama at Tasmania’s Clifton Beach.
Dina Alexopoulos says she still cannot believe her 17-year-old son and his surfing mates saved the life of her daughter Emalee.
Emalee Fehlberg, 20, plunged into the water unconscious after falling 10m from a cliff top at north Clifton Beach on Saturday.
Her brother Chris, of Hobart, and mates Tim Stearnes, of Howrah, Aaron Bush, of Moonah, and Daniel Drew, of Dynnyrne, all 17, pitched in to save her life.
“I’m always calling the boys twits,” Ms Alexopoulos said.
“When I tell them anything, they look at me like the lights are on but nobody’s home.
“You can tell them something three times and you don’t think it will sink in.
“I’m amazed and shocked they knew what to do and behaved so heroically.
“We were told over and over again at the Royal Hobart Hospital that without the boys and their knowledge, I wouldn’t have my daughter today.”
The boys had been taught basic survival techniques during their schooling.
Ms Alexopoulos said Emalee had been sitting on the cliff watching the boys and when Chris got out of the water she went to sit with him.
“On the way down she slipped and fell and was holding on for a few seconds but the wind was so strong, it blew her off, falling 10 metres,” she said.
“Tim was first to reach her, as she had gone into the water, and he used life-saving techniques to keep her head, and his, above water as the waves crashed over them, while the other boys reached them as quickly as they could.”
Chris said he had used his t-shirt to apply pressure to a cut on Emalee’s head.
“There was blood pouring down her face,” he said.
“I’ve still got the t-shirt at home. We should keep it forever as a souvenir. Frame it, or something.”
After an hour’s wait in the water, supported by the boys, Emalee was evacuated by Tasmanian Air Rescue Helicopters.
Ms Alexopoulos said Chris had been frantic as his friends drove him to meet the helicopter in town.
“He was sure Emalee was going to come off it dead,” she said.
“They’ve always been quite close, but now he’s absolutely besotted with Emalee. He’s told her he loves her so many times.”
Emalee is recovering well at Royal Hobart Hospital.
She has a broken leg, a broken wrist, head injuries and cuts and bruises.
Emalee said she had also lost her nose ring during the drama – but not her cherished new shoes.
“The paramedic wanted to cut them off, but I told him don’t dare cut the shoes, not the shoes, no way. I paid $180 for them only the week before,” she said.
Rotor-Lift Helicopter pilot Tony Mulhern said Emalee was in a lot of pain and bleeding when police and a paramedic arrived.
“It was a pretty tricky winch because [the wind] was very turbulent and the tide was coming in,” Mr Mulhern said.
A 60-year-old woman was pulled from her burning Brooklyn home by a hero firefighter who rushed into the flames.
The second-alarm fire was burning through 427 Hart Street when Firefighter Greg Patsos ran in Sunday night. Firefighters didn’t have water on the fire yet, when Patsos found the badly burned woman on a staircase.
He yanked the woman out of the smoke and flames and to safety. She sustained serious burns and was taken to the burn unit at Cornell Medical Center.
Patsos said he doesn’t consider himself a hero. He reserves that distinction for solders fighting in Iraq.
A Christchurch man who pulled a woman from a burning van is being hailed as a hero, but he says it is just something that had to be done.
Warren Hunt had been caught up in an accident just south of Cheviot on the weekend. He smashed the windows of a van involved to pulled an English tourist inside to safety.
“Her hair was all on fire and her foot was on fire. It was only a matter of seconds from that exiting that the whole thing was engulfed in flames,” Hunt told One News.
He suffered a few superficial injuries but his ute was destroyed by fire.
Hunt is no stranger to fire; he has been a rural fire officer for 12 years and he thinks that is why he acted so fast.
“A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing and with my rural fire training I know that before an LPG cylinder turns into a bomb it will vent,” Hunt says.
Four people injured in the crash are still in Christchurch Hospital. The English woman Hunt saved is no longer critical although doctors say her condition is still serious.
Hunt is hoping to visit her soon.
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005
A Las Cruces man will be honored next week for returning a pair of wallets, including one belonging to a police officer, the Las Cruces police department said.
Eduardo Reyes found the wallets last month while on his daily walk in the Mesquite Street area in Las Cruces.
Reyes will be recognized at a Las Cruces City Council meeting at 1 p.m. Monday for “doing the ‘little things’ to make Las Cruces a great place to live,” a police news release stated.
Friday, Dec. 31, 2004
Olympian Susan Palmer-Komar often cycles up Highway 99 past Queen’s Rangers School in Copetown on her three to five hour training rides.
“I cycled by just the other day at lunch,” quipped Ms. Palmer-Komar to the school’s packed auditorium. “Did anybody see me? I waved. Ah, I guess you were busy.”
As the assembly erupts with laughter, it’s obvious Ms. Palmer-Komar has the children’s attention
Talking about bicycle safety and her own competitive experience, Ms. Palmer-Komar’s enthusiasm was apparent as she gave an hour-long presentation.
“Now, I know not all of you think you need to wear your helmets, but I want you to think about what would happen if I dropped a watermelon from this height,” she said, raising her hand to her waist. “Your bike helmet is the number one piece of equipment.”
Showing the students basic bike maintenance and rules of the road, the children had questions of their own.
“How many times have you crashed?” asked one little boy.
Another child wanted to know how many gold medals the elite cyclist has won.
A qualified teacher, Ms. Palmer-Komar patiently answers each question.
It’s not only the children who are fascinated by Ms. Palmer-Komar, parents also eagerly listen.
“I’m a huge cycling fan,” said Larry Jones, who invited Ms. Palmer-Komar to speak at the school. “It’s not a very well known sport.”
Mr. Jones said he asked Ms. Palmer-Komar to the school after stopping her when she passed his home in Jerseyville shortly after the Olympics.
“For about 20 seconds, I had no idea what to say to her. Then we got talking, and I asked her if she would come and make a presentation to the school. She said yes instantly, no hesitation whatsoever.”
Mr. Jones, whose two children, Nicholas and Jordann, attend Queen’s Rangers School said he hoped Ms. Palmer-Komar might inspire a new generation to get active and start cycling.
“She’s a great role model dedicated to the sport.”
At 37 years of age, it’s not hard to see why the tall wiry athlete is inspirational. A member of the Canadian national cycling team, Ms. Palmer-Komar has raced in 4,500 events and visited 16 different countries. Every year she cycles about 22,000 kilometres.
She has represented Canada in two Olympics, won a silver medal at the 2002 Commonweath Games, and won the Canadian women’s time trial at the national championships in 2004. She has also won the right to wear the coveted yellow jersey in this year’s prestigious Tour de France.
At 40 beats per minute, her average heart rate is in a zone that even the most avid workout enthusiasts would hanker after.
During an average race, she burns 3,000 calories or the equivalent of 42 apples or 12 chocolate bars.
Her schedule is demanding. This year alone she travelled 50,000 kilometres and was away from home 132 days.
Ms. Palmer-Komar said she loves to visit schools and help get the word out about the importance of fitness, and that, yes, in Canada you can have a career in sports.
“There is a problem with childhood obesity, but most kids have a bike. I want to encourage kids to get out there, ride their bike, but to also be safe about it.
“And a career in sports is viable. I tell kids that my job is to race bikes. It’s not the most lucrative, but it is a great lifestyle,” said Ms. Palmer-Komar.
The New Year Honours list is crammed with household names from Olympic athletes to showbusiness celebrities and business high flyers.
But it also turns the spotlight on the more modest Britons whose work often goes unnoticed.
This year’s awards include lollipop ladies, school cleaners, a hospital porter, and a campaigner who lost his daughter through a peanut allergy.
A number of foster carers and community workers also made the grade.
David Reading, who was made an OBE in this year’s honours list, has played a leading role in making people more aware of life-threatening allergies.
He helped launch the Anaphylaxis Campaign following the death of his 17-year-old daughter Sarah, who died of anaphylactic shock after eating a lemon meringue pie that contained nuts.
Mr Reading, from Ash, Surrey, was honoured for his services to people with allergies.
School cleaner Donald Morrison said he was “very embarrassed” to find himself included in the New Year Honours List.
Mr Morrison, 58, was made an MBE for services to education for his work at Lionel School on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.
He has worked at the school for nine years and gives up his own time to coach the pupils in badminton, swimming and football.
Mr Morrison, who is married with two daughters. said: “I am just very embarrassed, I do not think I am worthy of the award.
“I just feel that I have not done anything, it is the kids and the parents.”
Others given an MBE award included hospital porter Fred Adams for his services to the NHS at Scarborough Hospital, north Yorkshire.
School crossing wardens Margretta Campbell, of Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland, and Margaret Cobern, from Fordingbridge, Hampshire were also made MBEs.
For services to children in north Yorkshire foster carer Rachel Baker can now add MBE to her title, as can Edna Fletcher, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, who was honoured for her services to table tennis.
Mountain rescuer David Gunn, 47, said he was “a little bit in shock” but “very pleased” to be appointed an MBE after more than 30 years of life-saving work.
The honour was in recognition for services to the voluntary Glencoe Mountain Rescue organisation.
Bandmaster Roy Nowell was also made an MBE for his work for the 13th Coventry Scout Band.
And Elsie Bright, captain of the 1st Spalding Company, The Girl’s Brigade, Lincolnshire, becomes an MBE for services to young people.
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004
Merry Christmas. Or if you prefer, happy Holy Day, which is the original version of the secularized holiday. This is the day most people living in the United States celebrate the Lord’s birth. I am among the believers.
Jesus Christ was born 2004 or so years ago in a miraculous birth of the Virgin Mary. Most people also believe this, despite the doubting Thomases of the centuries. According to a Newsweek poll, 84 percent of adults in the United States are Christian and “82 percent see Jesus as God or the son of God,” according to the magazine.
“Seventy-nine percent say they believe in the virgin birth, and 67 percent think the Christmas story ‘from the angels’ appearance to the Star of Bethlehem is historically accurate,” according to Newsweek.
That we believe in Jesus, angels and the true meaning of Christmas is important, because it also means that Americans believe in miracles. We have faith, which is where I want to begin the story of a modern-day miracle that touched Christian Hiris.
Christian is a fifth-grader at Holy Spirit school who, by all appearances, is a normal child of his age. He likes a good joke, enjoys playing with other children, and has been known to quarrel with his sister, Amber, a seventh-grader.
There are a couple things that are different in Christian. One is that he always wears a helmet that looks kind of like a run-of-the-mill bike helmet. The other is that he lives today because of a miracle.
Christian’s life changed several months back when he awoke for school one day. “My arm feels paralyzed,” he told his mother, Bonnie. As Christian got out of bed, he began screaming. Bonnie called 911, and much after that is a blur for her.
Doctors determined that Christian had a brain hemorrhage. They told Christian’s family that the prognosis was not good. The Rev. Michael Downey happened to be at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, so he gave Christian a blessing of the sick.
Christian was transported to Oakland, where two neurosurgeons went to work on saving Christian’s life. He suffered from a congenital arterial defect. The surgeons had to remove part of his skull, which they will replace with an artificial plate in January as they repair an aneurysm in the brain.
Christian remained in a drug-induced coma for about three weeks. Holy Spirit held a Mass to help heal Christian as he fought for his life. Bishop Richard Garcia blessed Christian twice.
After he awoke from his coma, Christian was thankful for the prayers. A 10-year-old girl next to him suffered the same type of bleeding, but she is severely disabled.
“It is so heartbreaking,” Bonnie said. “I look at Christian who is running and jumping and being a boy … ”
Christian has some weakness in his right hand, but it was not enough to keep him from life. He returned to school wearing his helmet.
“He is my walking miracle,” Bonnie said.
It is no wonder that most of us believe.