Sixth-grader helps to save man’s life

Published Jan 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm (Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm)

Avery Lang doesn’t think of herself as a hero, but those who know her believe her actions Dec. 29 probably saved the life of a West Mifflin man who fell outside in the cold wearing only light clothing.

Avery, 12, a sixth-grader at the McMurray Elementary School in the Peters Township School District, was riding in a car with her grandmother, Joy Lang, and grandfather, Mark Lang, and her siblings, when she spotted a man on the side of the road waving with one hand and holding on to his walker with the other.

When she asked her grandmother if she had seen him, the reply was “no.” Her grandmother then drove back to find the man lying on the ground next to his car.

A quick call to police resulted in a medical response when the man told emergency personnel he had multiple sclerosis and fell while attempting to lift a bag of dog food from the trunk of his car. He’d been on the ground for almost an hour.

Avery said it took four people to lift the 57-year-old man. Police later called to commend Avery.

“They said I did a good job and how proud I should be,” Avery said a few days later. “The police said if I hadn’t seen him, he would have probably died as he was in his slippers, light pants and a jacket.”

Avery, the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Lang of Venetia, said she has no plans to enter the medical field and is, at the age of 12, considering becoming a teacher.

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