First Graders Honored For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of first graders at an elementary school are honored for acting quickly when their teacher suffers a medical emergency. Tracy Hodges was teaching a small group lesson at Cedar Hill Elementary in Ardmore, Alabama, on the morning of January 20th when she started to feel off. She took a seat and one of her students asked if she was alright. That’s the last thing she remembers before she blacked out.

According to her students, Hodges was having tremors and at first they weren’t sure if she was joking or not. But soon they realized that she was in trouble. When Hodges became unconscious and unresponsive the students went to find help for her. What no one knew at the time was that Hodges was having a seizure brought on by COVID-19.

Several days after recovering from the episode, Hodges was well and back to teaching. She’s grateful for her students saying, “On that day, they were courageous, demonstrated their strength and bravery, and now have a real story to tell.” Last week, at a special ceremony attended by their families, classmates, and local first responders, the students, now known as “Hodges’ Heroes” were recognized by the school’s superintendent and presented with commendation certificates for their act of bravery.