February 17, 2017
Adam Elementary School fourth-grade students Nikolaus Bock, left, and Raul Izaguirre reunite on the playground where Izaguirre saved Bock’s life on Feb. 2.
Feb. 17, 2017—An Adam Elementary School student’s quick response to a scary playground incident has earned him a hero’s welcome from classmates and the local community.
Fourth-grade student Raul Izaguirre was playing nearby when he saw his friend, fellow fourth-grader Nikolaus Bock, caught in a life-threatening snare.
Bock was using a jump rope as a pretend fishing pole while atop a high slide on the playground on Feb. 2. When he attempted to travel down the slide, one end of the rope caught on the equipment while the other tightened around his neck.
Beth May, Adam principal, celebrates with fourth-grade students on Feb. 9 as Raul Izaguirre, left, was honored for his life-saving actions with Nik Bock, right.
“I felt tingling and then a few seconds later my eyes started to close,” Bock said.
Izaguirre ascended the ladder and released the rope from the platform, allowing his friend to slide to safety. Although Bock was taken to the hospital for further testing, his mother called the school before the end of the day to let them know he would be OK. He returned the following week in a neck brace, but is expected to fully recover from the incident.
“It was a big relief,” said Beth May, Adam principal. “Adam is definitely a tight-knit community. We’ve had the Bock siblings for a long time. You know exactly who these kids are and there’s history there. Whenever you hear something about a child being hurt, it’s heart-wrenching.”
Nik Bock and Raul Izaguirre’s parents join ABC 13 reporter Steve Campion after he profiled the life-saving story on the Feb. 9 news. Pictured, from left, are Nik Bock, Christie Bock, Steve Campion, Lluvia Chacon and Raul Izaguirre.
Bock’s family wanted to honor Izaguirre for his life-saving actions, and on Feb. 9 they went to the school where there was a recognition ceremony with fourth-grade students. Classmates chanted “Ra-ul! Ra-ul!,” to celebrate their local hero.
“When they started chanting, I had to turn around because I was getting teary,” May said. “It takes a lot of wherewithal for a child to be that aware of what’s going on and to jump into action instead of appealing for help. He’s been very low-key about the whole thing and doesn’t understand why people are making a big deal out of this. He did it because he thought it was the right thing to do.”
Fourth-grade students Nikolaus Bock and Raul Izaguirre share a moment on the playground where Bock had a life-threatening scare on Feb.2.
Bock’s mother, Christie, made signs that read “Thank You Raul” and “Our Hero” at the ceremony, which was featured on ABC 13 news.
“Those precious seconds could have turned into an eternity for our family. We’re so grateful that Raul jumped into action,” Christie said.