Somewhere, right now, Eddie Eagle is smiling

A story in the Mansfield News Journal is no doubt bringing a smile to Eddie Eagle’s face today…

    Hedges Elementary School fourth-graders Jackie Williams, James Wilson and Trevon Brown said they felt like "heroes of the day" Friday.

    The boys were honored at school by the Mansfield Police Department and Mayor Lydia Reid for doing the right thing after finding a loaded gun in an alley while walking to school in February.

    "They left it lay," Mansfield police DARE officer Jack Shay said.

    The boys told Principal Andrea Moyer, then she and the boys returned together to the alley. Moyer called police.

    Shay commended the boys for acting correctly when they saw the gun.

    "They did all the right things," he said.

    On Friday, the boys each received a certificate honoring them for their actions from Mansfield Police Chief Phil Messer. He was accompanied at the school assembly by Reid, Shay, Assistant Chief Jim Boyer and Dan Martincin, a Mansfield community policing officer.

According to the story, Williams and Wilson both said they knew not to touch the gun because they could get hurt and get in trouble.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, created in consultation with child psychologists, teachers and law enforcement personnel, is designed for kids in pre-K through third grade and teaches four simple reactions to a gun: Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.

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