Two Boerne teachers hailed as heroes in two separate life-saving incidents

One saved a student from choking on a blackberry, and the other saved a camp employee when a gas stove exploded.

BOERNE, Texas — Two Boerne Independent School District Teachers are being hailed as heroes after performing life-saving measures in two separate life-saving incidents

Julie Olsen, a teacher at Boerne Middle School North, was a parent volunteer during a recent trip to Curington Elementary School’s Boerne Outdoor Academy. One morning while on the school trip, an employee at the camp was making breakfast when a gas stove exploded in the kitchen. 

The worker got knocked to the ground and his head was nearly engulfed in flames from the explosion.

Thanks to the quick thinking and actions by Mrs. Olsen, the worker’s face and body were protected from the flames, saving them from serious injury.

Thankfully, Mrs. Olsen was in the kitchen at that fateful time and sprang into action, and protected the worker’s face and body. 

That employee is recovering and doing well.

Olsen was recognized at the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees February meeting, and commended for her actions that day.

Claudia Salazar, a teacher at Fabra Elementary School saved a student’s life during lunch one day.

That student was choking on a blackberry, when several fellow students got her attention, and she rushed over to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the student who was choking.

The blackberry was dislodged from the student’s airway, saving their life.

Boerne ISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Price surprised Mrs. Salazar in her classroom to thank her for her quick response.

Both of these teachers are extremely humble, but appreciate the honor that was bestowed upon them.


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