Teacher Saves Students, Sacrifices His Own Life

Teacher Saves Students You read a lot about the crazy and foolish antics of unfortunate employees, but every once in awhile a real hero comes along. Such is the case of Paul Simpson, a 40-year-old Australian high school teacher who sacrificed his own life while working to pull five students out of a ferocious undertow during a school snorkeling trip on Surf Coast Beach in Victoria. He suffered a heart attack in the water after seeing his students to safety.

The basketball coach/biology teacher was overseeing the activity, which involved 15 students and two other teachers from Shelford Girls' Grammar School. First a freak wave swamped part of the group, then they were dragged into deep water and pounded by swells caused by a violent rip tide.

Working with the members of the Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club, the married father of one was able to help the five girls get safely to shore before going into cardiac arrest himself. Ambulance drivers tried to revive him, but to no avail. Conditions were too rough for the air ambulance to carry Simpson's body from the beach, and he had to be carried 500 meters to the parking lot, according to reports.

He was remembered as a "wonderful, wonderful man," by Polly Flanagan, principal of the school where he had worked for four years. The school was closed on the day of the memorial service and students have been offered counseling.

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We will see him in heaven, if we make it there, that is!

April 02 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stop admiring the charlie sheens, the crazy lindsey lohans, the disgusting Lady Gaga !!


April 01 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
David Gilchrist

Thats what being a man truly is. Being willing to put your life on the line for those who are you responsibility, be they your neighbors, students, or family. Paul, I salute you.

March 27 2011 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Blessings to Paul and his family as this is a Teacher students can admire and respect for his looking out for the safety of his students. A hero .
As for the Reporter of this article..wake up to the times.. Ambulace drivers ..seriousely.. they are called Emergecy workers or Paramedics they are not drivers.

March 24 2011 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is what you call one 'TRUE HERO'. What a wonderful story and may the lord above be with his family. And may the ones he saved be well also, hope they do not feel any guilt but remember their hero and life saver.

March 23 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yes Virginia, "Excessive Exercise" CAN be detremental to you health. Forget Smoking, and taking Drugs. Swimming can be a Killer too !

March 07 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

YES it is very sad that he lost his life!
I am 53 and yes we do not have alot of good role models in this country or is it that the media always shows all the tabloid garabage about this person or that subject. Unions are not the problem of this country try the Democrates and Republicans and big Bussiness there is your real downfall of this country.
Why is it that CEOS make millions and destroy their company but teachers should just get by when it is their job to help train our next generation ?

March 05 2011 at 4:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DAN B's comment

I agree, you took the words right out of my mouth!

March 27 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Rest in Peace Paul Simpson. The world needs more heroes like this. His life was not in vain.

March 04 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

MAn above Men
Words will not show enough praise
IF anyone knows of just How to contact his family...Please let me know...
Id like to help them also....

March 04 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to robert's comment

Any correspondence addressed - Paul Simpson Family - Surf Coast Beach - Victoria , Australia will reach his family.

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