Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fourth Grader Awarded Medal for Saving Child's Life

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fourth Grader Awarded Medal for Saving Child's Life

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It was Arnez Logan's first day on duty as a AAA School Safety Patrol member at Duquesne Elementary on Aug. 28, 2018.

He didn't know he would save a life that day.

Quick thinking not only prevented what could have been a tragedy but also led to the fourth grader receiving the AAA School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal - one of only four students in the country to be given the award this year.

Arnez, 10, was honored for pulling a kindergarten student out of the way of a vehicle that ran a stop sign in front of the school in Duquesne. He was honored during an assembly Tuesday in the school auditorium that was attended by nearly 400 pre-K through sixth grade students at the school.

"The commonwealth of Pennsylvania congratulates Arnez David Logan upon this well-deserved recognition and his family," state Sen. Jim Brewster said at the assembly. "This state resolution comes before the entire Senate of Pennsylvania, signed by all of us in the Senate."

Arnez was stationed on patrol across the street from the entrance of the school on Aug. 28, at the corner of Kennedy Avenue and South Fourth Street, when a kindergarten student sprinted down the sidewalk and past him. The child ran into the street and into the path of an oncoming car, according to school Officer Lonzo Boyce.

That's when Arnez swiftly grabbed the child and pulled him to safety just as the car sped past.

"I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it, but I did," Arnez said Tuesday when asked about his thoughts during the incident.

Arnez has a 12-year-old brother and 6-year-old sister he helps look out for, so his protective nature isn't happenstance, his mother, Sharae Matthews said. He also aspires to be a firefighter.

Members of the AAA School Safety Patrol are school-sponsored volunteers who direct their classmates crossing the road and teach other students about traffic safety on a peer-to-peer basis. …

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