A 7-year-old South Carolina boy was hailed a hero after he saved his diabetic father who fell unconscious by jumping on his bike and looking for help.
Cameron Simoncic, a second-grader from Greenville County, said he sprung into action when he got home from his classes at Ellen Woodside Elementary last Wednesday and found his unresponsive father in the kitchen.
“My dad has diabetes and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function,” Cameron told WSPA.
At first, Cameron attempted to call for help, but he couldn’t unlock his father’s phone passcode. And when he ran to a neighbor’s home, no one answered the door.
“I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandmas,” he said of his next move.
The determined child crossed four lanes of traffic to get onto Highway 25, where his first-grade teacher, Kellar Sutherland, happened to be driving home from school early. Before she left the school, she stopped at the vending machine for a pack of crackers – a snack that would come in handy later.
“I just told my husband, I said there’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,” she said.
That’s when she recognized Cameron and pulled over to help him.
“I think we worked together as a team just to keep each other calm in that moment,” she said.
Two other motorists also noticed the boy and called 911.
When emergency workers arrived, Cameron gave them directions to his house – where EMTs gave the unconscious father an injection to even his blood sugar level. Sutherland soon arrived at the home and handed Cameron’s dad her pack of crackers, which helped him recover.
Sutherland said her encounter with Cameron was meant to be.
“There’s no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me,” she said.