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Kidde Hero of the Week: Gary Nelson


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Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Kidde Hero of the Week…

This week, we’d like to recognize an English teacher from Spruce Creek High School in Florida – Mr. Gary Nelson. Mr. Nelson lost his battle with cancer earlier this month, and the stories of his ability to reach and inspire students have been pouring in.

For the last 20 years, Mr. Nelson taught English. His method of teaching was considered a little old school. One student remarked that he would use the chalk board a lot instead of PowerPoint like other teachers and that he would bring his lectures to life and even get into character when talking about novels that students were reading. He encouraged his students to speak up, and he had a desire for all of them to go on to college and become critical thinkers.

His grandson remembered that he would always say that the world needs be more compassionate. So many people felt that through his example the kids he taught would go on to be better people.

For more on this story, check out this story from the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Suzanne’s Response:

What a great story. Truly, a teacher can make all the difference in child or young adult’s life. And, I really don’t think that they get enough credit, so we are happy to recognize him as our Kidde Hero of the Week.




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Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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