Heroic Teacher Jumps in 75-Foot-Deep Hole to Save 3-Year-Old Boy

mine shaftTypically when teachers make headlines, it's for offenses both grave and those that some overzealous parents deem as grave. Every day, however, there are amazing, committed individuals out there caring for and teaching our children, and going above and beyond their call of duty. Kindergarten teacher Ina Koenig is an extreme example of one of those teachers, as she recently heroically saved a 3-year-old boy's life.

According to the Daily Mail, it happened on a kindergarten day out in Germany. The class was walking through a forest when all of a sudden the boy fell through an old mineshaft that no one saw. Having no idea how deep the hole was or what was down there, Koenig, 37, dove right in without hesitation.


It turns out the hole was 75 feet deep, which is a huge plunge! Fortunately, it was filled with water, or neither would be alive. But the water was cold -- nearly freezing -- and she held the child to her, as she tried to keep them both afloat for almost two hours. According to The Local, her body heat likely kept the boy alive.

Besides some cuts and bruises and a touch of hypothermia, amazingly, both emerged from the frightening incident largely unscathed. What an incredible teacher -- she absolutely saved this boy's life. Though she's being lauded as the hero she is, she has refused any interviews saying, "I am not a hero. I did what any human being would do."

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We would hope so, but the truth is not everyone would. Plenty of people would have just called for help, and no one could blame them. Koenig, however, acted out of a sense of devotion to her students, and we can all only hope our children are fortunate enough to be in the hands of someone so brave and so caring when we send them off to school. Hopefully they'll never be in a position in which their dedication is put to the test quite to this extreme, but that doesn't mean they won't benefit from it in more subtle ways as well.

What's the most heroic thing your children's teachers have ever done?

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