PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Sometimes the most horrendous events bring out heroes we never knew were capable of such acts of courage.
That’s the case of Gracey Evans, a student at Franklin Regional High School, who helped save the life of her best friend Brett Hurt, when he was stabbed in the rampage on April 9.
Gracey was honored with the Hobies Heroes award for helping Brett that day.
When Brett was stabbed in the back, Gracey jumped into action, pulling him into a classroom and applying pressure to his wound – an action that medics say likely saved his life.
“She risked her life for you,” said former Indiana University Diving Coach Hobie Billingsley. “That’s what a hero’s about. War or anywhere else, put life up for another person’s sake. She did that.”
Hobie Billingsley presented the award, named after him.
But this humble girl prefers to give the credit to her friend Brett, who took the wound for her.
“Even though I have a medal, I still don’t think I did much,” she said. “I did what I had to do, didn’t do anything more than I needed to do that day.”
“Brett is my best friend,” she added. “He saved my life and I love you, so I want you to come up here.”
Gracey says she still suffers Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, but is getting counseling.