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Cypress Creek Student Recognized as Hero by U.S. Navy

Orange County School District

Lieutenant Commander, USNR-Ret Fred F. Morrow presents Cypress Creek High School student Ciro Canales with the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Achievement Award.


A quick-thinking Florida high school student earned praise recently from the U.S. Navy for saving a competitor's life last month during an extreme obstacle course race. Cypress Creek High School student Ciro Canales was competing in a "Spartan Obstacle Race" in Conyers, Ga., when he noticed another runner having troubled in one of the water pits.

Canales dragged the female competitor from the water pit and performed chest compressions while the course medic ran for an AED. Canales' rapid response was vital to the runner's survival and successful recovery. Cadet Canales, a third-year Naval Junior ROTC cadet at Cypress Creek, had just finished his CPR compression training the day before the race.

Lieutenant Commander, USNR-Ret Fred F. Morrow presented Canales with the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Achievement Award during a surprise ceremony honoring his heroic efforts. Morrow is Cypress Creek High School's Naval Science Instructor and has worked with Canales before as the Junior ROTC program coordinator.