Hero plumbers humbled by recognition, want to meet boy they saved

Plumber Aaron Glover's boss hands him the morning's paper with their story on the front page.

Plumber Aaron Glover’s boss hands him the morning’s paper with their story on the front page.

Plumbers, and now celebrated heroes,  Aaron Glover and Jimmy Johnson said Wednesday they haven’t seen the boy their actions likely saved since authorities carted him to the hospital that day in late May. But they would like to meet him and wish him well.

Read their full account and watch a video of Glover talking about it here. 

He might be changed, Glover figures, but at least he’s alive.

That day,  Glover said he went home somewhat shell-shocked only to get a call from family: His 22-year-old nephew, a military veteran, was dead. Killed in Atlanta.

The two say fate or higher power put them in the Royal Palm Beach High bathrooms at just the right time. They should’ve been there earlier, but Glover decided to visit a nagging issue at Pine Jog Elementary first,  a problem that had triggered a number of ongoing emails, he said.

That unscheduled errand, put them a little behind and just in time to hear bedlam errupt in the boys’ restroom as they worked in the girls.

They rushed in to interrupt what they soon discovered was a stabbing.

Tuesday, they thought they knew what they were walking into. Glover, a graduate of John I. Leonard High – Class of 79,  and Johnson, a Glades Central grad, were told they were going to be publicly thanked for their quick action.

But when they pulled into a packed parking lot at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, they paused.

“What did we get ourselves into?” Glover recalled saying. “I thought we were going to somebody’s office or something.” They wound up center stage in front of more than 800 principals, assistant principals and administrators…and the guy Glover called “the big boss”, Superintendent Robert Avossa.

“He knew us,” Johnson said.

Glover and Johnson point out they weren’t the only ones to be thanked. There was the first school officer on the scene, a woman who immediately sought to stop the bleeding, the administrators who called 911, the nurse who came with medical bags, “she didn’t play,” Glover said. The other officer, “the big guy”  who collected the other student.

Glover: “Sometimes I ask what more could we have done?”

Johnson: “Nothing.”

Glover: “We went straight to that bathroom. It was our first stop.”

Johnson: “That’s right. We were there to shut it down… We were at the right place at the right time I’d want somebody to do the same thing for me. Like I said, we just did a good deed.”

 

 

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