The Oakley Press issued an updated of Ignacio Pena who last October collapsed while running the field during P.E. class. Two P.E. teachers jumped into action and helped saved the boy’s life. Patrick James and Vicki Simmons are heroes and it’s time the City honor these two at a future City Council meeting for their actions.
According to the Oakley Press, doctors did not give Pena much of a chance to live. Although no cause is known as to why he collapsed, he did have a pacemaker surgically installed and continues to undergo physical therapy to help with his walking, speech, and writing. His prognosis is positive and doctors expect him to continue to improve over the next few months.
With the road to recovery now underway, the time has come for the City to take notice of these actions and celebrate the actions of Mr. James and Ms. Simmons. Whether it is a proclamation that is issued at a city council meeting, a small ceremony at the school or school board meeting, something is deserved. Its actions like this that we should celebrate as a community and be proud that we have teachers who do not freeze up and are able to save lives.
Kudo’s also goes out to this wonderful community as the article mentions a few of the fundraisers held while an account at Bank of the West in Oakley remains open in Ignacio’s name. Donations to the family can be made by calling Bank of the West at 925-625-2211 or O’Hara Park Middle School at 925-625-5060.
You can read the full article on the Oakley Press by Ruth Roberts.