Good Samaritan students honored for heroic actWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Press release - Two students from Simon Sanchez High School were honored today and recognized by Senator Regine Biscoe Lee.
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SENATOR RÉGINE BISCOE LEE
HONORS SIMON SANCHEZ HEROES
(– Hagåtña, GU) – Today, Senator Régine Biscoe Lee recognized Simon Sanchez students Naio Attan and Derrick Atan for aiding in the rescue of two distressed children.
The two young men notified authorities when they saw the children locked in a hot car near the Micronesia Mall on April 29.
Sen. Biscoe Lee, along with Sens. Joe San Agustin and Frank Aguon Jr., presented certificates honoring the two students during a ceremony at Simon Sanchez High School. Derrick Atan received his certificate and a certificate on behalf of Naio Attan, who was not able to attend.
“At some point, everyone will be faced with a difficult choice – to help someone in danger or to look the other way and simply hope for the best,” said Sen. Biscoe Lee during the presentation.
“We will have to decide whether to stop, speak up, call the police, offer assistance or look the other way. When Naio and Derrick were faced with this choice, they didn’t just look the other way. They stopped what they were doing and sought help.”
“There are two children who are alive and well today because of their actions,” Sen. Biscoe Lee said.
She also used the opportunity to bring attention to the health hazards posed by leaving children, pets and those with limited mobility alone in vehicles.
“As we honor Derrick and Naio today, let’s take to heart the message that the most vulnerable – children, disabled, elderly and pets – should never be left alone in cars,” she said. “And let’s all remain vigilant, as parents, brave students and members of our community to protect those who are in need.”