Oswego School District Presents Hero Award for Life-Saving Measures

OSWEGO – The Oswego City School District administration and Board of Education recently honored several employees at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School for their heroic actions.

The Oswego City School District’s first-ever Hero Award was presented to several people who assisted a student in a recent medical emergency. Standing in a show of support with the honorees are board of education president Aimee Callen, left, OCSD executive director of secondary education and personnel Dr. Heidi Sweeney, second from left, and OCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dean Goewey, right.

The district’s first-ever Hero Award was presented to registered nurse Erica DeMott and health and physical education teacher Alexander Goewey, along with an award going to the overall efforts of the FPS staff and OCSD community partner and Oswego Police Department officer Thomas Grover for their life-savings measures involving an incident with a student in April.

The public recognition came at the last regular board of education meeting of the 2018-19 school year, where the honorees were celebrated with cheers and congratulatory messages.

Dr. Heidi Sweeney, OCSD executive director of secondary education and personnel, read a resolution honoring each awardee for their efforts and for having exhibited a swift and caring response to the situation.

FPS Principal Donna Simmons, who accepted the school-wide honor, said when a student had a medical issue, FPS staff members and officer Grover took immediate action and followed proper protocol to assist the individual.

“Everything was top-notch,” Simmons said.