In the spring of 2012, Dylan Selby and his classmates were going to the playground at Oak Grove Elementary School for recess, according to reports.
Selby found a firearm and immediately went into action.
The Eddie Eagle Program instruction kicked in and Selby instructed students to stop, and have someone notify an adult of his finding.
The firearm had been accidentally dropped on the playground by a local firefighter.
Selby as well as other Oak Grove students, had went through the Eddie Eagle program, which was taught by the School Resource Officer Jay Lawson, of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Selby will be featured in a segment of the program, “NRA All Access,” which will air at 10 p.m. Sunday, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
Selby was a fifth-grader at the time of the finding. He is now reportedly a student at Lake Forest Middle School.
“He went straight down the line. The student identified the weapon, told others to get back away from it and yelled for a teacher,” Gault explained the day Selby made the discovery. “One, two and three, just what he had learned.”
According to the NRA Eddie Eagle website, the program is typically taught to pre-K through third or fourth-grade students.
“As a law enforcement agency, we depend on the training our deputies receive and programs such as NRA’s Eddie Eagle which helps them inform students about public safety,” Sheriff Jim Ruth said.
“We are thankful this student had been through this program. Through what Deputy Lawson taught him, he was able to recognize danger and make sure the correct protocol was followed, alerting the other students and the faculty. If a younger student had picked up the weapon, it could have possibly been tragedy on the playground,” Ruth said.
Selby was later honored by the sheriff during an awards night presentation at the school.