Alabama Public Television Young Heroes of 2002

Matthew Bedwell

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Open Door Christian School

In just seconds a family vacation went terribly wrong. One moment three-year-old Joseph Seale was playfully splashing about in a hotel pool, the next he was drowning. Family friend Matthew Bedwell, a 15-year-old ninth grader at Open Door Christian School, dove in and pulled the child out. Thanks to a recent CPR class, Matthew knew how to help Joseph clear his lungs. Had Matthew not acted quickly, Joseph surely would have drowned. Though Matthew has been treated as a hero since this event, he tends to shy from the attention.

Matthew is consistently on the Open Door Christian School honors roll, and excels at basketball. According to Rebekah Ensor a school administrator "I can't think of a finer young man to fit the profile of a young hero. He truly embodies all the qualities and characteristics of heroism, and I fully and wholeheartedly recommend him for this award."

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Rosa Parks Museum
Blue Cross Blue Shiled of Alabama
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