Invictus High School Student Stephen William Wood (pictured above, right), was praised by Maple Heights Police and local news sources
for heroic and decisive action in an emergency situation. Stephen and his cousin, Rayfield Hallman, spotted a toddler wandering in the December cold and stopped to ensure that she was accompanied by an adult and safe. Instead, the two young men found that the child's mother was in the doorway to their family home, lapsing in and out of consciousness.
The two called 911 emergency services and waited with the woman; the 3-year-old child; and their family dog, who was also found outside. When the ambulance arrived, the woman was transported to the hospital. First responders to the young men's call stated that the actions of our student and his cousin likely saved lives that night: those of the woman, her family pet, and her daughter--left to her own devices for up to an hour in the cold. The woman has extended her thanks
since being released from the hospital, and the young men were recognized for their service by Maple Heights City Hall
on January 2, 2019.
We want to recognize their heroism and thank them for exemplary behavior. We are proud to call Stephen our student.