11 year old Evan Segal is traveling to Washington D.C. along with 6 others to receive a lifesaving medal. In December, 5th grade Segal had pulled a little girl out of the way of a speeding car. The driver was texting. Evan worked quickly and without thought to save her.
Carol Stein, patrol advisor at Salmon Creek Elementary said that while she saw the whole incident there was no way for her to reach the child in time. It is a bad intersection but they work with what they have.
Evan said that he just knew he had to save her and not let her get hurt.
Evan and 6 other guard heroes will receive their medals in Washington D.C. by AAA’s nationwide school safety patrol program.
The program was started in 1920 and has had 399 heroes since it started giving the medals in 1949.
Evan joins the likes of President Bill Clinton, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner and Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Berger who were all part of the safety patrol program as they grew up.
Evan is very mature for a 5th grader and Stein knew she made the right decision when she picked him as a volunteer.
Evan Segal said that the attention made him feel special. “It kind of made me feel like I was a hero, kind of, a little bit, he said, “like Superman saving someone from the streets.”
There are more than 600, 000 patrollers nationwide in 31,000 schools who donate their time to help kids get safely to and from school. That is an impressive number.