Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Hero

One of the most heartbreaking , but yet moving stories to come out of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn. at the Sandy Brook Elementary School was the story of this young teacher ,pictured above who gave her life to save her students...

Too often we talk about the killer and his motivation and what have you and he becomes a celebrity for committing these monstrous mass murders....If I never mention Adam Lanza's name again, it won't be too soon.

Instead ,I want to shed light on a person that should be remembered...Vickie Soto!

First grade Teacher Vicki Soto, 27, certainly died a hero on Friday when she was killed protecting her class of first-graders from alleged school shooter Adam Lanza, 20.
Her family spoke out on Sunday, telling TODAY's Erica Hill about Ms.Soto's dedication to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

“She didn’t call them her students," sister Carlee Soto, 20, told TODAY. "She called them her kids."
James Wiltsie, Soto's cousin and a Fairfield County police officer, said the family was told that Vickie Soto died trying to save the lives of her students. “She was found protecting her kids," he said, "doing instinctively what she knew to do.”

While details are still emerging about exactly what happened, James Wiltsie was told that Soto hid her first-graders in closets and cabinets once she heard there was a gunman in the school. "(She was) huddling in the closet, trying to shield them from the spray of bullets,” he said.

Vicki Soto had been teaching at the school for five years. The oldest of four children, she lived with her parents, sisters and a brother, along with her black Labrador, Roxy, in a modest, Cape Cod-style home in Stratford, Conn. When asked what he would miss the most about Vicki, her brother Carlos pointed to the mundane daily activities that would no longer happen.

"I would hear her running the coffee machine every morning, and then running down the stairs, slamming the door on her way out," he said. “That’s the thing I’m going to miss.”
Ms. Soto was reportedly adored by her students. Her sister Carlee said the feeling was mutual, and that her first-graders, who Ms.Soto called her "angels," would always bring a smile to her face.

"She would come home with stories of what the kids did that day," Carlee said. "She loved those students more than anything."

There’s been a huge outpouring of support for the Soto family. A candlelight vigil was held on Saturday night, which brought hundreds of people out in support of the family, paying tribute to the woman many knew just as “Miss Soto.” And several colleagues got in touch with the family.

The Soto family paid homage to Vicki with her favorite color -- wearing green scarves and handing out green ribbons to the community.

“Vicki would’ve been very happy to see all those people there supporting her,” Jillian said.
Snow was falling while the family spoke with TODAY, and Jillian said it was Vicki’s way of being there, as she loved Christmas and the holidays.

“She wouldn’t have it any other way than having us speak right now and having it snow.”
“They said they were honored to know her,” her sister Jillian Soto, 24, said.

And I wouldn't want it any other way than for Vickie Soto, a true hero to be remembered...rather than the troubled young man who caused so much destruction and mayhem!

Thank You Vicki, you're my hero!


Sunflower said...

She is indeed a hero!

Halo said...

The more I read about this case ,the more my heart just breaks!

Arlene said...

Losing loved ones so close to Christmas initially makes grieving difficult in that we may question our faith. But as we are still in God's presense, through prayer and supplication we can have peace and joy in life renewed. I pray for the sojourners as they pass through these difficult days.

And I hope they're not listening to that crazy Mike Huckabee. Reverend?? ha! How can any man control God? All Baptist believe that God is everywhere. Humanity was created by God. Man did not make God or limit where and how God moves. so Mike's little talk about keeping God out of schools is "hooeey." God is in the hearts of all. Parents must present Jesus to their children. Scripture says that when Jesus is lifted He draws humanity to Himself. Peoples part is to tell the good news. Four walls can't contain our Lord. I guess Mike prefers a "god" he can boss around. A god he can tell what to do and who to bless. Every day Mike Huckabee's beliefs about the role of government KILL children - their hopes for a decent education, their needs for healthcare, their requirements for clean water and safe food. What a world!! Thank God for His blessings!!


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