The Cape Coral Police Department recently held its Do The Right Thing awards ceremony for the month of January at Cape Coral City Hall
Ashley Gosling, 12th grade
Ida Baker High
daughter of Jennifer & Sean Gosling
On Nov. 29, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Ashley's 2-year-old neighbor was found in the swimming pool. Another neighbor, hearing the commotion, ran outside while dialing 911 and being a nurse for 30 years, began CPR. Ashley, who was coming home from her dual enrollment class, saw what was happening and also ran to the scene. She quickly took over, started chest compressions and performed CPR for 7 to 8 minutes before paramedics arrived. Ashley had recently completed an infant CPR class at Ida Baker High and also worked in the past as a lifeguard at Sun Splash Waterpark where she received additional water rescue training.
Frequently people receive recognition when lives are saved. Rarely do they get recognized when lives are lost due to circumstances beyond their control despite the efforts of the rescuer. This was the unfortunate tragedy in this case. After witnessing Ashley's rescue attempts, many neighbors have expressed interest in learning CPR so they, too, can help if ever called upon by a neighbor or family member. Ashley herself has her sights set for the University of Florida to be a Heart Surgeon.
John Dickman, 8th grade
son of John & Kelly Dickman
John is an exceptional young man and an outstanding student. He is truly an inspiration for the other students at Challenger. John has Chrons disease, an extremely debilitating illness, but according to staff at Challenger, he never complains, and never uses his illness as an excuse; in fact works much harder to compensate for the time that he loses to his illness. He is always cheerful, polite and is extremely well liked by all of his peers. They recognize his wonderful character and embrace his enthusiasm for learning and for life in general. John doesn't hide his illness and, in fact, is an advocate for Chrons disease, spearheading fund-raising opportunities to generate awareness.Recently he sold wrist bands as a fund-raiser for the disease and when his classmates learned that John not only raised money for Chrons, but also was afflicted by it, they were in awe. They never imagined that someone with such a phenomenal attitude had to deal with this illness at such a young age.
Cici Garcia, 7th grade,
daughter of Brenda Garcia
Cecelia has shown incredible heart and determination this past quarter. According to Cecelia's teacher, Mr. Stevens, she must have been pacing herself because she set his geography class on fire bringing her grade from an F to a strong B. He goes on to say that not only have her grades increased, but her behavior and attitude have become so positive they're even rubbing off on classmates. Mr. Stevens noticed her urging a friend to get her make-up work in to raise her grade. She told the classmate, "If you do a couple assignments a night it's not that bad and you'll be done in no time." The following day she asked this student if she had gotten her work done and when she said no, Cecelia offered to help her. When class ended, Mr. Stevens heard Cecelia making plans to meet to help get some of the make-up work done. Cecelia is a bright girl and we expect her new attitude will put her soundly on a path for success.
Maria Perez, 11th grade
Island Coast High
daughter of Carlos & Erica Perez
In mid-November, as Maria was walking through the Publix parking lot, she noticed an infant alone and crying in a closed car. She checked throughout Publix searching for the mother to no avail so then called 911 and waited by the car until police arrived. Maria's concern for this child was commendable and we thank her for her actions.