Health teacher jumps into lake to save child at Sanborn Park

Connor Fagan, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday, health teacher Mr. Brian Holmes was taking his third hour Unified PE class to Sanborn park and then to Baskin Robins to celebrate the end of the school year and the participation of the students in the class.  When the class got to the park all was normal and the students were playing on the playground. When it was time for the seniors in the class to go to Baskin Robins, something out of the ordinary happened.

As the students were making their way over, Holmes saw a small girl who seemed to be 3 or 4 years old looking over the edge of the lake and she ended up falling into the lake. Not hesitating at all, Holmes ran down to the side of the lake where the girl was standing and jumped into the lake and grabbed the girl saving her, possibly from drowning. With no parents in sight, the rest of the class went to find the grandmother that had brought the young girl to the park and informed her what had happened.

“It’s funny how things work out. If we would have went to get ice cream first and not have gone to the park, we might not have even seen it,” Holmes said.

“It’s pretty scary thinking that I might have had to do CPR on this girl after we pulled her out,” Holmes added. “I’m just glad I was there at the right time.”

On the way to the park Holmes repeatedly said how excited he was to get some ice cream, but had no idea what was coming his way. However, he would probably be the first to tell you that he does not regret ruining his brand new shoes and having to go home soaking wet, without the ice cream.

Junior Ty Starks was asked about the event. “That was crazy. I give mad props to Holmes for jumping into that lake to get that girl in all of his clothes while everyone that saw it was just standing watching it all happen.”

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