Students honored for overcoming amazing odds

first_img“I wanted to personally thank you, and may God bless you. You did a great thing,” said one police officer. “You have no idea what you did, so thank you, and continue all the great work you’ve been doing.”Devin Bennar, a Southwood Middle School Student was also honored after he was badly injured in a golf cart accident in July 2016.Bennar and four other kids were riding in a golf cart when they wound up on a collision course with a car.Bennar has been determined to continue his recovery; his speech has improved, and he was able to climb out of a wheelchair long enough to take photos with police officers in attendance.Bennar still has a few surgeries ahead of him, and Rodriguez is heading to college to continue her studies in emergency medical training.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida high school student and middle school student were both honored by the “Do the Right Thing” program for overcoming tough odds.Seventeen-year-old Thalia Rodriguez was honored after saving the life of a critically injured police officer.Rodriguez came to the rescue of Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter in May when his leg was severed in an-off duty motorcycle accident.“At that time, I wasn’t saving a police officer, I was saving a human being, and that’s all that matters,” said Rodriguez, a Westland High School senior.Rodriguez, who is studying to be a first responder, put her skills to the test and fashioned Carter a tourniquet to stop the blood loss.“I just feel honored to have been able to help him,” she said. “He’s a strong man, and I know he’s going to get through this.”Rodriguez was also honored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and received words of gratitude from Carter’s colleagues. last_img

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