Hero of the Week: Brandon Schutt

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

This week, we share a story about a couple of teenage athletes in Nebraska. It was the season’s final cross-country race – a 3.1-mile event that would determine which runners would make it to the State meet.

Going into the competition, Brandon Schutt had hopes that he would secure the qualifying time he needed. But, during the race, Brandon realized that he would not get his personal best, so he slowed down and tried to enjoy the last run of the season.

Just ahead of him was Blake Cerveny, a runner from a different high school who was going for his personal best. But, with just 400 meters to go, Blake’s legs started to cramp, and he fell. He tried to pick himself up to finish the race. He would repeatedly attempt to get up, but his legs were shaky, and he would end up fall down each time.

As Brandon approached Blake, he noticed him struggling. He grabbed Blake and wrapped his arm around him and helped him cross the finish line. In fact, he made sure that Blake finished before him to ensure a better time. Brandon knew how important it was for any runner to cross the finish line and he wasn’t going to let Blake give up.

Blake suffered from severe dehydration, and after some time with the EMTs, he was able to walk out of the first aid tent.

For more, check out the story as covered by NewsNation.

Kix’s Response:

Talk about true sportsmanship! Having that kind of mentality – “never leave a man behind” – it says a lot about a person. I’m sure Brandon has a great future ahead of him. What a great example to other kids, too! I am happy to recognize Brandon Schutt as our ACC Hero.

Nominate a Hero of the Week

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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