Coach Morris receives state-wide safety award

Josh Morris received  the Missouri School Safety Association’s highest award for saving a student’s life on Monday during an educator’s assembly. From left are Zac Rantz with MSSA, Gasconade County R-1 School Superintendent Scott Smith, award recipient Josh Morris, Mike Pratt and Gerry Lee, executive director for the Center for Education Safety, MSBA.


Zac Rantz, president of the Missouri School Safety Association (MSSA) gave one of Hermann’s teachers the organization’s highest state-wide recognition of the year for saving a student’s life last year, by observing he was having problems and initiating CPR until first  responders could arrive. Hermann Middle School Physical Education Teacher Josh Morris received the award in front of his peers on Monday morning, during Active Shooter training at Hermann Elementary School. 

Mike Pratt, past school board member and president of the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) said, “On behalf of the MSBA, I want to congratulate you—we’re very proud of the work that you do and we’re proud that you’re here in Hermann and hope you stay with us—thank you and congratulations.”

Coach Morris was asked to say a few words by Gasconade County R-1 School Supt. Scott Smith.

“As a coach, we get to go through CPR training,” he started. “Even if you are not a coach, you might be in that situation [I was in], whether on a field trip or some other activity. I think we should all learn it.”

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