Heroic Students Recognized

October 8, 2018

The Grand View University Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology recognized two students for heroic acts. The students responded effectively and unselfishly in a life-saving situation in Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri's Social Problems class earlier this fall. A student had a serious attack of seizure and was finding it hard to breathe. Sarah Baker (Human  Services) and Christian Birdsell (Elementary Education) attended to the ailing student keeping the student alive until the arrival of the paramedics.

"We observe that their unselfish heroic acts deserve recognition. They might have saved a student's life," said Dr. Baba-Singhri. 

Professor Ammertte C. Deibert in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department presented the awards. "Hero is a gender-neutral word. In Latin it means defender and protector from the ser root which meant 'to watch over, to protect.' Christian and Sarah depict the 'protector,' the person that can 'watch over.' In addition, a hero is a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character. Sarah and Christian showed how courageous they are and that is the type of character that is admired. Finally, a hero is a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or person qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal. Christian and Sarah are role models that we admire in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department."

Professor Deibert finished with stating, "those that say that we are in a time when there are no heroes, just don’t know where to look. Sarah Baker and Christian Birdsell refute/disprove/counter/negate/contradict, etc. this saying as they are a perfect examples of heroes of our time."

Sarah and Christian were presented with framed awards and $100 gift cards to the Bookstore. Congratulations and well done!