Photos by Shaw Israel Izikson
WINSTED — Oak Street School students Ellen Priest and Angel Mark were recognized for their act of heroism at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 11.
According to Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley, on Friday, May 7, both Ellen and Angel were in a classroom with a teacher who was having a medical emergency.
“These were the only two students in the classroom in the time of the medical emergency,” Brady-Shanley said. “They immediately went into action when they realized that their teacher had passed out and was having a medical emergency on the ground. So they both left the classroom and they went and found the nearest adult to be able to get help for them. That, for two-second graders, was probably the bravest thing that we can ask them to do. And the best part about this is that we didn’t even have to ask them to do it. They knew how to make the right decision at the time of the emergency.”
The two were given “True Oak Street Hero” awards by Brady-Shanley, along with an award from Police Chief William Fitzgerald.
“Upon hearing about how you two helped this teacher, I was so moved by this selfless act of you both seeking help without any delay,” Chief Fitzgerald said. “On behalf of the men and women of the Winchester Police Department, and myself, I present a certificate of appreciation for your bravery and action and for being our heroes. These children are an inspiration for all, showing caring and compassion for others.”
“I want to compliment their teacher [Kimberly] Kaczmarcyk for really instilling her students the value of making sure that everybody in our community is safe at all times and making sure that they are taking care of each other,” Brady-Shanley added. “It’s such a critical component of being a good citizen that it’s something that we are all proud of. I know your parents, grandparents, and your loved ones, everybody in your life, Angel and Ellen, have taken a role in making sure that you young ladies are excellent role models for your peers and even us as adults. Right now is no better time celebrating you being little heroes in our world where sometimes we find that it’s difficult for people to care beyond themselves. You two demonstrated that you both care beyond yourselves to make sure that you took care of somebody else that was in need.”