Prom heroes receive high honor
WESTON, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Rotary Club of Weston honored 20 high school students for demonstrating courage and selflessness when they helped out several victims involved in a crash.
A South Florida family is grateful that a group of teenagers on their way to prom who were at the right place, at the right time.
Heroic and humble words are not often used to describe the average teenager, but the group of 20 Western High School seniors received some well-deserved recognition on Thursday, after becoming real symbols of selflessness.
Each teen was honored with a plaque from the Rotary Club of Weston for saving the lives of seven people on their prom night.
The teens, dressed in long gowns and tuxes, had taken countless pictures before heading out for the special night. None of them would have expected what would happen on the way, however.
A mini-van flipped on its side on Interstate 595 and left several people seriously injured. It trapped a mother and her two young kids inside.
The limo driver slammed on the brakes and jumped out to help, his prom-bound passengers just steps behind him. "When the limo stopped, I was thinking, 'Gosh we're gonna hit traffic,' just wanted to make sure everything was gonna be OK with the victims," said Ashley Wolf.
The teens all kept their cool as they went to work pulling people from the wreckage.
Peter Kim said he knows who to thank for his unbreakable composure. "I took classes in high school, and I'm going toward medical school and going toward that track," said Kim. "So I was prepared for a situation like that. My teachers basically prepared us for a situation like that, so I can't take credit for anything. I can only thank my teachers for teaching me."
Their hands dirty, their clothes covered in blood, the teens were not going to let that destroy their night. When paramedics arrived, the humble heroes hopped back in their limo and hit the road showing up to prom just a bit late but with quite the story to tell.
Sometimes it really pays to be a hero. One student received a scholarship from the Rotary Club to help cover the cost of college. "I was at the right place at the right time, just helping out," said the teen.
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