My loving daughter gives me credit for guiding her to the saving
grace of Jesus. My guiding influence helped her make a commitment
to become a Christian. Among the verses she loves are: The Lord
is my shepherd, I shall not want -- Psalms 23. Faith, hope and
love, these three, but the greatest of these is love -- 1 Corinthians
How I helped save lives
-- Richard Fritz
I am a teacher and a fire fighter.
I teach fire fighters. I teach by example. On an emergency call,
I found a child wrapped in blankets on a hot day smothering from
heat. I unwrapped the baby, cautioned the unwary mother and the
boy was saved. I responded to an emergency with the boy down
the deep, dark well. With the help of a guy with a backhoe, a
dogcatcher with a rope and a utilities worker with a long pole;
we saved the boy's life. I respond to every call for help. This
includes the child drowning and person poisoned. Often the emergency
call for help is for the lacerated, bleeding and sometimes unconscious
in automobile accidents.
One of my jobs as firefighter and teacher was classes I taught
at the California Specialized Institute at San Luis Obispo. The
subject was Hazardous Materials Spill Mitigation. These classes
save lives. When we learn more, we add steps on the stairway
of the Upward Spiral of civilized culture. Teaching more, learning
more and saving lives is what is meant by the concept of the
Upward Spiral of civilized living.
How I helped
save lives -- Larry Tiller
As teacher In my elementary
school classes, I looked for a spark of "interest"
in my students. When a glimmer of "interest" appeared,
I would increase my recognition and focus on that student with
encouragement and guidance. This teaching style is based on the
concept that each student has inherent strengths. My purpose
was to bring forth in those students their aptitudes, strengths
In my retirement years, I have enjoyed the appreciation of my
former students. That appreciation was expressed in class and
later in public. For example, students have rushed through the
aisles of super markets, raced across parking lots dashed down
sidewalks to say, "I learned to value and enjoy learning."
"I got through school because of you." "You changed
my life path." "Thank you, Mr. Tiller."
I helped save lives
I am a teacher. It is my passion
to bring out the best in each of my students. The word "Educate"
means to bring out that which is within. One 8th grade student
said, "Mr. Killingsworth, I thought I could never achieve
anything in my life. Now I know I can do anything I decide to
do. I was lucky to be in your class."
One early evening I was approaching
the movie theater in Corte Madera, California. The movie was
The Way We Were with Robert Redford. I was standing on the concrete
median. Traffic was fast on this busy street. This young 8th
grade student was with her mother across the street in front
of the theater. Letting loose of her mother's hand, she dashed
across the street, gave me a hug and said, "Thank you, Mr.
Killingsworth, you saved my life." Then, she turned around
to dash back to her mother. I grabbed her and yanked her from
the path of a speeding car. Her mother said, "Mr. Killingsworth,
you saved my daughter's life two times. We will never forget
share one of your life saving experiences.
Carroll D. Killingsworth