Breaking News Bar
updated: 2/4/2018 9:34 AM

Suburban Heroes: How Hoffman Estates student, teacher saved drowning classmate

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Hoffman Estates High School student Kira Nicole Weiland receives a Citizen Lifesaving Award from Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Patrick Fortunato while teacher Christopher Fetterman waits his turn at a Hoffman Estates village board meeting. Weiland and Fetterman helped prevent a student from drowning in late November.

      Hoffman Estates High School student Kira Nicole Weiland receives a Citizen Lifesaving Award from Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Patrick Fortunato while teacher Christopher Fetterman waits his turn at a Hoffman Estates village board meeting. Weiland and Fetterman helped prevent a student from drowning in late November.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Hoffman Estates High School sophomore Kira Nicole Weiland was taking part in a gym class ballgame in the school's swimming pool Nov. 30 when she noticed a classmate struggling in the deep end.

"She just looked like she was calling for the ball, but she was going under," Kira said.

The other girl, who wasn't a strong swimmer, usually wore a flotation belt and avoided the deep end. But that day, she was doing neither.

Kira swam over to the girl and alerted teacher Christopher Fetterman, who jumped in and helped Kira get the struggling student to safety.

Those efforts earned Kira and Fetterman the Hoffman Estates Citizen Lifesaving Award.

Fetterman said he assists struggling swimmers about six times a year, but this was the first full rescue he's been involved in. Paramedics took the girl to the hospital for observation and she returned to school later that day.

"She came and thanked me in the locker room the next week," Kira said.

Kira and Fetterman received their awards at a Hoffman Estates village board meeting Jan. 15.

"It's just so wonderful to have so many young citizens stepping up to the plate," village Trustee Anna Newell said.

• Do you know of any Suburban Heroes? Share your story at heroes@dailyherald.com.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.