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School Resource Officer Julius Porter stepped into the classroom of Terry Esquinance and Ashley Keith at Cleveland Middle School, and tears quickly filled his eyes as the …
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School Resource Officer Julius Porter stepped into the classroom of Terry Esquinance and Ashley Keith at Cleveland Middle School, and tears quickly filled his eyes as the students stood to their feet in applause.
After learning of the events of 9/11, the students of the 6 Red Team at Cleveland Middle were asked the question, “What makes a true hero?”
They quickly came up with their answer, and this led them to honor Porter. Students wrote Porter letters of encouragement, and Outback of Cleveland donated a steak lunch that the students were able to present him with on Sept. 11. They also read him a poem that was written in honor of our true heroes.
Ada Graham said that she wanted to honor Porter in this way because in her heart he was a true hero. Yuberlin Castillo talked about how great it felt to be able to encourage someone he loved so much.
These are a few excerpts from the students’ letters of encouragement:
“Thank you for having the confidence and the strength to protect us and making our lunches fun and enjoyable! You are SO funny and you make us laugh even when we are having a bad day. You make us smile even when we don’t want to. And most of all, you are fearless.” — Sophie Blackburn
“A lot of people don’t have people like you to protect them. I know that if something ever happened in the school you would always put us first.” — Lily Tullock
“Thank you for helping everyone in the school. It takes a lot of courage to do that. One man sure does make a difference to other people, a good difference! We (the students) have been learning about 9/11 and the people that risked their lives to save others, just like you! Thank you for being the best person you can be for everyone.” — Ryan Marino
“You make me feel safe here at CMS. Every day when I walk into the doors, I know I'm in safe hands. You would risk your life to save ours.” — Fernanda Solis
“We are studying about 9/11 and I want to thank you for being a wonderful officer. I will never be afraid with you here. I know bad things don’t happen a lot but when they do I know we will be safe because of you.” — Bryson Mikel
“I just appreciate what you do. While I was watching the videos on 9/11, it made me think of you and how amazing you are.”
— Lauryn Williams
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