A TEENAGER has been praised for saving the life of a boy by dragging him from a road as he stood in the path of traffic.
Connor Fahy was among students leaving Kepier academy, in Houghton, at the end of the school day when he saw the child and went to see what was happening.
While others stood and watched, the 14-year-old went up to the stricken lad and saw he had zipped his hood up over his eyes.
Year 10 pupil Connor told the Echo: “He was in quite a dangerous place, standing in the road, and others laughed.
“But I thought, ‘this could be serious’ and ran up to him and said ‘what are you doing?’
“I grabbed him and pushed him up against the wall, and he was punching back, so I kept hold of him until he was calm and them carried him to school.
“I stayed with him until a teacher came along and took it from there.
“I’d do the same again, of course.”
Now Connor’s mother Lisa, 45, a teaching assistant at Burnside Primary School – where Connor was a pupil – one of the teachers from Kepier and his sister Alex, 20, who works at CDM Recruitment, have nominated him for a Pride of Britain award.
Lisa, who is married to oil platform deck foreman Mark, 45, said: “We were having our tea that night, and it was just something Connor said off the cuff – ‘I saved somebody’s life today.’
“I just went ‘Oh right’, and nothing more was said.
“It was when I went into the school for a consultation day for Year 10 when one of the teachers pulled me to one side and was close to tears. She said ‘I can’t believe how he didn’t just leave him.’
“Some children had laughed, but he ran out and shook him, and then carried him off the road.
“He didn’t just leave it there either, he took him to school and asked for someone to come and help.
“He’s got a really good heart.”
Connor has Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, but his school and his family, who live close to the academy, have seen him grow into a mature and responsible young man.
Kepier principal Nicola Cooper wrote a letter praising Connor’s actions.
She said: “In situations like this it is easy to follow the crowd and look the other way, but Connor’s action ensured the safety of this person that could potentially have ended in disaster.
“Furthermore, when hearing this story, many staff including myself have become overwhelmed by the caring and thoughtfulness Connor showed.
“We are all extremely proud of Connor, as I know you are too.”
The boy involved in the incident is now being offered support and his family is aware of what happened.