Letter to the Editor

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Naperville Central's Michael Kolzow (15) catches a pass right at the goal line to score a touchdown against Marist. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media  

Central student deserves a salute

In a day and age when we don’t often hear too many good things about youth in our world, this young man restores my faith and confidence that there are truly good young people out there.

Michael Kolzow. Age 17. You may not know this young man but he is our neighbor and he is a hero. Michael saved my father’s life on a recent Monday morning.

My father, aged 91, with some known dementia, got up early, around 5 a.m. He left our home in his bare feet and pajamas. No coat. No hat. No gloves. He had his walker in hand and he traveled down the driveway in 12 degrees of cold with a 1-degree wind chill factor.

He turned right at the end of the drive and walked another two blocks. He was scared and disoriented.

Michael, a junior at Naperville Central High School, was leaving his home for a weightlifting session at the high school. He spotted my father looking very confused and upset in his neighbor’s driveway.

Michael rolled his window down and asked if he could help. My father wanted to get into the car but did not have the stamina. Michael lifted his frozen body into the car and then called 911.

My Dad was safely returned to his warm bed within a short time.

My wife and I now realize that Dad has reached a new level of dementia. We will put new measures into place so this never happens again.

With that said, Michael Kolzow is our hero. His actions exemplify outstanding character. He had the presence of mind, at an early morning hour, seeing something completely outside the norm, an old man in his pajamas and bare feet yelling in distress, and yet he clearly extended himself selflessly to assist my father.

He is a courageous, empathetic young man.

Michael stopped by recently with his mother to visit my father and to make sure he was doing OK. Michael, you are a credit to your parents, your school and your community.

Bob Larkin

Lisle

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