Brandon Roth, a Chapter participant through the Boys and Girls Club – Ken Pruitt Center, helped a woman who needed help when no one else was around.
The fifth grader at Mariposa Elementary School was riding on his hoverboard in his neighborhood when he came across a situation that he knew could be a matter of life and death.
“I didn’t know what to do. I was freaking out,” Roth said.
He noticed his neighbor on the ground near her front door. Oi Yau, 65, was on the ground. Roth says she was still conscious; her eyes were open. He saw a car coming down the street. He ran out and flagged down the driver, who stopped and called 911. Yau was rushed to the hospital and survived.
But first responders say it could’ve been a very different outcome if Roth wasn’t there by her side. Brandon demonstrated JUDGEMENT, PERSEVERANCE, CONFIDENCE and INTEGRITY, some of our Nine Core Values that he learns through our program.
This week, the St. Lucie County Fire District honored him with a Citizen Hero Award for his quick-thinking and courageous actions. He received a medal and a certificate.
“I am glad that my message is going out to everyone that they should always help someone in need,” Roth said.
Because of this incident, Roth wants to become a doctor so that he can help others.