John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
When a third-grader from South Boston was heading home after school in late March and came across a lost 5-year-old, he comforted her and stayed with her until help arrived.
This morning, Boston Police officers from District C-6 recognized 9-year-old Richard “Rashad” Scott with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts. He was honored at an assembly at Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston.
On March 29, Scott got off the bus and was walking home when he saw the girl crying as she tried to cross the street, said Tynan Principal Carlene Shavis. The little girl was lost and upset, Shavis said.
Scott approached Paige Brennan, a pre-kindergartener at his school whom he was friendly with. Scott learned she was lost and stayed with her as the rain poured down during one of March's several heavy storms.
“He realized they were both getting soaked, and he needed to do something,” Shavis said.
He comforted the girl and told her she was safe in his arms and that he wouldn’t let anything happen to her, Shavis said. After patiently waiting with her for about a half-hour, he waved down a police cruiser patrolling the area.
“From a public safety perspective, we couldn’t have been more proud of the way Richard handled the situation,” said Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman. “Not only did he see a fellow student in need of help, but he also took the time to stop and provide help. And for that, seeing that kind of compassion and kindness, from our perspective, is certainly worthy of some attention.”
Shavis said she was not surprised by Scott’s reaction.
“He is a very responsible student both socially with his peers and at home with his work,” she said. “He doesn’t think [what he did] is a big deal. He thinks he was just doing what he was supposed to be doing, and helping out a fellow student.”
Police brought Brennan, along with Scott, back to the school, where she was picked up by her parents, Shavis said.
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