SJV Student from Morganville Is a Hero to Aberdeen Woman
Chris Rocca of Morganville, a junior at Saint John Vianney, was on his way home from a session with his personal trainer when he saw a stray dog running down the street.
Chris got out of his car to see if the dog had a collar on him. He noticed the dog had a leash on and immediately started looking around for the dog’s owner.
As Chris searched the area he noticed a woman lying on the sidewalk. Chris ran over and checked on the woman. She was breathing but unconscious. Chris immediately called 911 then ran to a neighbor’s house to get help.
Chris and the neighbor, Nora Kierce, waited for an ambulance and made sure that the woman got the help she needed.
The woman Chris helped is Jane Gleason of Aberdeen. Afer spending a week in the hospital, she doesn’t remember much of the incident. But she credits Chris for saving her life.
“Chris is my angel," said Gleason, a retired nurse. "I wouldn’t be here today if he hadn’t stopped for me. We were both in the right place at the right time.” She said that she would have done the same thing if she was in Chris’ shoes and is so thankful that he found her.
On Tuesday, at Jane Gleason's request, the two met for the first time at SJV in Holmdel.
“I’m so thankful that there are still good people in the world," she said. "Chris was obviously raised by great parents who taught him to do the right thing. I really wanted to meet him in person and thank him.”
Chris is on the SJV lacrosse team and football team. He is
also a member of the Student Government, Chinese Club and the Key Club. Chris hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD when he graduates SJV in 2013.