Young Webster hero honored with Do the Right Thing Award

5 Mar

Small people can do some really pretty big things.

Case in point: Skylar Jones, a fourth-grader at Webster’s Plank Rd. North Elementary School, who last Thursday morning was presented a Do the Right Thing Award from the Rochester Police Department.

As described in the program from the ceremony,

Skylar was nominated by his grandmother, Judy Nolan, for his calm and brave actions during a family medical emergency that occurred last October. When Skylar got home from school that day, he saw that his grandfather wasn’t feeling well and called his grandmother at work to tell her. After Mrs. Nolan spoke with her husband and realized how sick he sounded, she left work immediately to come home. While enroute, Skyler tried calling his grandmother several times to tell her that Papa fell. When he was unable to reach his grandmother, he called his mother and told her what had happened. One of the women contacted 911, and both were headed to the house. Skylar handled multiple phone calls between the two, and was told that the ambulance was coming. During their conversations, he kept both family members informed of how Papa was doing, assuring them that was conscious and breathing, and encouraging him to talk. He secured the dog, and went to meet the ambulance when it arrived and guided the first responders into the home.

Skylar handled a chaotic emergency at nine years old better than some adults would have. He stayed calm and kept his grandmother and mother informed until medical help arrived. When asked afterward what he would have done if he had been unable to contact either of them, he confidently said that he would have called 911 himself.

Among the half dozen or so relatives and friends who were on hand to watch Skylar receive his award were his grandparents, of course, and Sarah Mossey, one of the EMTs who responded to the house that day, who also happens to be Skylar’s music teacher at Plank North.

Skylar was one of eight students presented with the award at Thursday morning’s ceremony at the City Public Safety Building. They ranged from a Greece Central School District kindergartner who’s doing great things for his community, to a junior at Churchville-Chili High School who called 911 when his two-year old sister was having a seizure. Their individual stories are all very different and all very inspiring.

The Do the Right Thing Program was created in 1990 by the Miami Police Department. Rochester joined the program in 1996, one of 60 chapters in the United States, England and Germany. Its purpose is to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and our community youth by recognizing young people for helping officers and other first responders, performing acts of heroism, displaying leadership, role model behavior, and volunteering in their community. The award distinguishes students who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their communities, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improved behavior. Any student enrolled in K-12 in Monroe County is eligible, including those home-schooled.

Each award winner receives a trophy, a prize package, a trip to Seabreeze Amusement Park, an invitation to the Camp Good Days Leadership Camp, and the opportunity to apply for a college scholarship when they become high school seniors.

For more information, visit the Do the Right Thing website here and Facebook page here.

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(posted 3/5/2023)

One Response to “Young Webster hero honored with Do the Right Thing Award”

  1. DPD March 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ C. S. Lewis
    Kudos to this young gentleman, his parents, grandparents, teachers and everyone who trained him, or taught him, to think clearly under pressure. Well done, and recognition well deserved.

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