Second graders recognized for assisting computer lab aide who suffered stroke

Posted at 6:19 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 21:34:10-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- Two second grade boys at Northlake Elementary School in Tooele County shared the spotlight with doctors and paramedics for their role in saving the life of Computer Lab Aide Gloria Thacker.

Thacker had a severe stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body during the school day. The second graders came into the room and realized she was on the ground.

Mason Johnson and Alex Layton immediately ran down the hall to the school office. On they way, they alerted a teacher and the school's principal, Renee Milne.

"It's amazing that two second graders knew what to do, and we're so proud of you two," Milne told Layton and Johnson in front of the whole second grade in an end-of-school program.

Mason Johnson realized something serious was happening that day.

"We heard yelling that she was down, so I told Alex we should go down to the office and call," Mason said.

"Me and Mason just ran," added Alex Layton.

The emergency room doctor who saw Mrs. Thacker said he's astounded at how well she's doing, and said the boys deserve a lot of the credit.

"Having them intervene very quickly was critically important for her," Dr. Bill Roper said.

Thacker is recovering full use of her left side, and she attended the school program where the boys were honored alongside paramedics and doctors.

"I can't even tell you how grateful I am," Thacker said.