Elementary students recognized as heroes for helping teacher in crisis

First graders at an Alabama elementary school are being hailed as heroes for taking quick action to help their teacher during a medical emergency.

“It was scary for me because I knew that they were going to have to see something probably that they didn’t need to,” said Tracy Hodges, a first-grade teacher at Cedar Hill Elementary in Ardmore, Alabama. “But I didn’t know any other way because I couldn’t find my way out the door.”

The fateful school day in January began like any other. There were fewer students in the class than normal, 12 instead of the usual 18, because several of them were at home due to Covid. The children who were at school were sitting at their desks after singing and dancing around the classroom. Hodges says she felt fine that morning but soon noticed her vision was becoming blurry.

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