He’s only in second grade, but whenCameron Simonciccame home from Ellen Woodside Elementary school in Peltzer and found his father unresponsive, he stayed calm and sprang into action. The seven-year-old's dad has diabetes and Cameron tried to call 911 but couldn’t unlock his dad’s phone and his neighbor wasn’t home, so he hopped on his bicycle and tried to ride to his grandma’s for help.
Cameron crossed four lanes of traffic on Highway 25 and was pedaling down the road when his first-grade teacher,Keller Sutherland,spotted him. She was normally in meetings Wednesday afternoons but they had all been cancelled. On the way out the door she had an unusual urge to buy a pack of crackers at the vending machine. "I can't remember ever buying crackers but today I suddenly wanted some". When she saw a young kid was riding on a busy highway she said her maternal instincts kicked in and she pulled over to see why he was out here and that's when she discovered it was Cameron. Keller heard about how his dad was in trouble but Cameron couldn’t remember his home address, but directed Sutherland back to his house while she called EMTs .
They found Cameron’s father unconscious, but gave him an injection to stabilize his blood sugar and Sutherland gave him some crackers to help him recover. His dad is fine now and the experience even helped the teacher, who had been doubting that she made enough of a difference in her students’ lives. She says, “I truly believe this was not a coincidence. God blessed me today and I'm forever grateful". Cameron and his dad were pretty happy about the ending as well.