From left to right: Principal Matthew Boucher, Colby Hansen, Officer Mark Mickelson and Laurie Harms.
News outlets in Minnesota lit up on Valentine’s Day with the story of one of our own students saving the life of an injured neighbor.
Colby Hansen, a 6th grader at Fridley Middle School, heard cries for help while walking to school on February 1. He found Laurie Harms laying on her driveway, having slipped on ice and shattering her hip. Colby and another student (whose identity is unknown) called 9-1-1, covered Harms with a blanket and waited with her until paramedics arrived.
Both Fridley Middle School and the Fridley Police Department recognized Hansen at a special event February 14. Colby’s family was there to surprise him, as were fellow students and faculty who gave him a standing ovation for his actions. And Harms was there with a hug.
“Thank you,” Harms said. “You saved my life. I could’ve laid there until school got out at 3:00 p.m. There could’ve been a lot of damage.”
Although this February has been unseasonably warm, temperatures on the 1st were around 12 degrees Fahrenheit in the early morning.
“It just goes to show that in Fridley, we have great quality people who raise great quality children,” said Officer Mark Mickelson, liaison at the middle school. “On behalf of the Fridley Police Department, thank you for being who you are and for being a member of our community.”
Fridley Middle School Principal Matthew Boucher awarded Colby the FMS Citizen Award, and Officer Mickelson presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation. Fridley Middle School Assistant Principal Danielle Peterson bestowed 50 GRIT tickets upon Colby, redeemable for snacks and other items. Well done Colby!