Meet Max The Tiny Hero: The Boy Who Saved His Teacher’s Life

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Max Meza is a little boy who acted incredibly quickly when his teacher needed him the most. Soon enough, you’ll discover exactly why he earned the nickname “Max the Tiny Hero!” Here’s the inspiring story you need to perk up your day…

Meet Max, The Tiny Hero

1st Grader Saves Teacher
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Every new year school brings with it so many new experiences. New friends, teachers, and classes all fill children with excitement. Every child (and teacher, honestly…) braces themselves for a full year of adventure and fun! However, in this case, the school year started off with a terrible incident. One that could have gone horribly wrong, if not for one young boy’s incredible resourcefulness!

Meet Max Meza, a six-year-old who started at Frostproof Elementary school this August. Just as most kids do, Max felt excited to start school and meet new friends. However, on the first day of school, Max and his class witnessed a terrifying incident. While teaching, their teacher, Mrs. Joyce Darr, collapsed, banging her head on the desk and passing out. In a room full of six-year-olds, you might expect chaos to erupt, when the only adult in the room needs urgent medical treatment. But Max knew exactly what to do!

“You Are The Real MVP”

Max the Tiny Hero
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Without a moment’s hesitation, Max leaped from his seat. He quickly ran to another classroom, telling the teacher there to call 911. The paramedics who arrived on the scene said Max’s actions helped save a life. Without his quick thinking, it’s unknown whether Darr would’ve been alive today. So, its really no surprise they nicked named the little boy, “Max the tiny hero.”

Max’s mom, Monica Aguilar, felt shocked and proud after hearing the news. “My heart dropped when I found out because, you know, a 6-year-old saving an older woman’s life. So, for me, it was very, very exciting. And proud, you know, to be his mom.”

ABC Action News also spoke with Darr’s son, Derek. He told Max, “you stepped up to the plate, kid. You are the real MVP, you’re the most valuable player of this incident here. You saved her life, and we need more people like you in this world today.”

“He Saved Her Life”

Darr has worked as a substitute teacher for over thirty years. Still, neither her nor her son could ever recall an incident similar to this one. After the fall, paramedics took her to Lakeland Regional Health hospital, where she currently resides. Of course, Max, the Tiny Hero came to visit his teacher. Her son Derek was also there, to personally thank the young hero who saved his mother’s life.

As a symbolic thank you gift, Derek gave Max a pair of Air Jordans – the little boy’s first pair ever. “He loved them, he thanked me, he hugged me. [I] hugged him probably 20 more times and thanked him 100 more times.”

The police also took notice of Max the Tiny Hero’s quick and brave actions! Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, acknowledged the boy’s efforts and gifted him with a bicycle and a citizens certificate. “[Mrs. Darr] was significantly injured. She’s still in the hospital at this time. Max is a hero. He saved her life.”