• Former Hidden Lake Student Honored as a Hero


    John Abalos Jr., a former Hidden Lake High School student, was honored as a true hero by the Board of Education this month for pulling a man out of the freezing Platte River in January.

    Ironically, the moniker for Hidden Lake High School is Heroes.

    HLHS Abalos and his father, John Sr. were walking near the Platte River near Colorado Boulevard when they saw a man apparently contemplating suicide and getting ready to jump into the water.

    As John Sr. was making an emergency 9-1-1 call to alert authorities the man jumped. John Jr. immediately went into the water to pull the man to safety.

    “If not for their help, this incident could have had a fatal outcome,” said Thornton Fire Public Education Officer Sabrina Iacovetta.

    In February, the Thornton City Council and the Thornton Fire Department presented the father and son with the Community Heroism for Excellence in Citizenship Award.

    When Metz Elementary School Principal Claudette Trujillo heard of the award, she immediately suggested that Westminster Public Schools honor one of their former students. She and Hidden Lake High School Principal James Steward both attended the Board of Education meeting to help honor Abalos.

    “You are the embodiment of what a hero is,” said Board of Education President
    Dino Valente. “We thank you for putting someone else above yourself. We are very proud of you and hope the gentleman you helped gets the help that he needs in his life as well.”

    Posted April 25, 2016