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10 earn Do The Right Thing honors

January 18, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Police Department held its monthly Do The Right Thing ceremony Wednesday at City Hall. Ten students were recognized

- Anthony Sweeten, 11th grade, Island Coast, son of Rick Sweeten.

On October 30, 2012, Anthony was in the "right place at the right time" and did the right thing!

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Anthony Sweeten

Anthony's 16 month old cousin, Arianna, fell into the family pool. Anthony, along with his grandfather, picked up Arianna from the pool and began rescue breathing and CPR. They had revived her just as EMS arrived.

This was quite an emotional experience for Anthony and one that he says he will never forget.

- Alicia Wyatt, 8th grade, Challenger Middle, daughter of Billy and Brandi Wyatt

- Savannah Bolden, 8th grade, Challenger Middle, daughter of Rhiannon Bolden and Linda Barrick

Savannah and Alicia came to the rescue of a neighbor. They were boarding the school bus when they saw a woman on the ground. The woman's dog had wound the leash around her legs causing her to fall backward to the ground and hit her head. The woman was bleeding quite a bit from the head and was crying. When asked simple questions, she couldn't give the most basic answers. Savannah and Alicia would not allow the bus driver to drive away. They got off the bus to attend to the woman and called 911. While they waited for EMS to arrive, Savannah called her mother to come and Alicia called a neighbor who was working at a nearby fire station. The EMT's as well as Savannah's mother responded quickly. Savannah & Alicia got back on the bus, leaving the lady in the care of the responders. The girls acted quickly, rationally and responsibly to do the right thing.

- Kyle Flynn, 7th grade, Challenger Middle, son of Lanna Elrod-Flynn

Kyle is being recognized for his community efforts. He has delivered Thanksgiving dinners to needy families for the past three years. Once a month he sings with the church youth group at Gulf Coast Village and is a leader in training with the church's Awana program. This past summer he participated in scouting for food, Cape Coral Canal Clean-up and Sanibel Coastal Clean-up. He has achieved second class rank in boy scouts and helps out with the cub scouts. Kyle has learned to give back to his community and we thank him for his citizenship.

- Mary Brady, 6th grade, Oasis Middle, daughter of Kathleen and Jim Brady

In September, Mary's family finally had the yard sale that they had been planning for a very long time. Mary wanted badly to have a lemonade stand, so she and her mom went ahead and got everything they needed to set the stand up. As the big day rolled around, Mary decided that she would like to donate the money that she earned from the lemonade stand to a worthy cause. She thought about her choices for a few minutes but the answer came easily to her; she would donate her earnings to the Moffitt Cancer Center. Mary's family has a very strong connection to Moffitt as her grandmother has had cancer three times, twice being treated at Moffitt.

Mary's mom stated, "I was so proud of her. She came up with this idea all on her own. I told her, for every dollar she earned, we would match it. She ended up earning $22 and we sent a check to Moffitt for $44." I recently heard from Mary's mom again who told me that Mary continues to amaze her family with her kindness. They had just returned from the pediatric hematology oncology unit at Health Park where Mary delivered toys that she bought with her babysitting money. A thank you note from the Moffitt center stated it best; "You are making a difference and you have helped to save lives. With such a generous heart like yours, you can change the world."

 
 

 

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