Pinkerton Academy AFJROTC student Tyler St. Hilaire received the school’s first ever Silver Valor honor after helping a citizen in distress at a local business recently. Headmaster Mary Anderson helped present Hilaire with his award last month.

DERRY — A Pinkerton Academy AFJROTC student took matters into his own hands last spring and helped save a life.

First-year cadet Tyler St. Hilaire was honored at Pinkerton last month with the school's first-ever Silver Valor Award, given to celebrate the freshman's efforts in helping others.

Last May, while dining out in Londonderry with his mother, St. Hilaire noticed an elderly man in a nearby booth apparently suffering from a seizure.

He told his mother he wanted to help and called 911 to summon emergency crews to the restaurant.

St. Hilaire then helped clear the area of plates and food, and stayed with the stricken man until medical help arrived. Both he and his mother followed the 911 dispatcher's instructions to keep the man comfortable and safe.

Pinkerton's senior aerospace science instructor Lt. Col. Howie Steadman said in an award nomination letter that St. Hilaire answered the call in a big way.

"I always knew Tyler was a cadet with great potential, but I didn't realize just how much so until this incident," he said. "Tyler's voluntary act of heroism could have saved this man's life."

Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson presented St. Hilaire with his award on Dec. 16.

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