Sheriff recognizes Rutherford student for saving a friends life

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- At each school board meeting, different schools select a student of the month. But at Tuesday’s meeting, one student received two top honors.

Aaron Pinkerton was recognized as Rutherford High School's student of the month. Rutherford Principal, Mike Kennedy, spoke of Pinkerton's swift reaction during a recent car accident he was involved in.

Pinkerton was stopped at a light and in his rearview mirror, he saw a car coming straight for his. A motorcyclist was in front of Pinkerton so he thought to turn his wheels away from the motorcycle, saving the motorcyclist's life.

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen also presented Pinkerton with an award for his courageous efforts saving his friends life by calling 9-1-1 when he discovered his friend having a medical emergency.

"He applied quick, decisive action by placing them in the bath tub with cold water running on them and keeping them awake until EMS arrived. Aaron, your quick and selfless action saved the persons life and that accomplishment has not gone unnoticed," said McKeithen as he presented Pinekrton with the award.


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  • by Randy Location: Callaway on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:07 PM
    Why is someone else always getting the awards? I deserve it as much sat they do and probably more. It's always the same kids gettin everything. And they wonder why so many kids drop out and stuff.
  • by Kim Location: PCB on Apr 13, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Aaron, I don't know if you'll read this or not, but should consider a career in the medical field.
  • by anon on Apr 13, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    Please do a story on the other inncident. we would like to know. What a wonderful boy he is. Thanks
  • by Kelly E Location: PC on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    That's awesome!!!!! What an outstanding student and quick thinking. Good for you!
  • by anon on Apr 13, 2011 at 02:31 AM
    I don't know this boy but may God bless you. We need more people like you.
  • by Allison Owens on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    What happened in the seperate incident? I am glad to hear it did not go unnoticed. Too often good samaritans go unnoticed.
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