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Teen with Tremendous Character Honored by City

Post Date:12/21/2018 1:26 PM

JoshuaDuring the Commission meeting held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, a 17-year old student, who attends J.P. Taravella High School, was honored for going above and beyond to assist and protect a senior citizen.

Joshua Chavez was on a Broward County School Bus when he saw an elderly female exit and attempt to cross a busy roadway outside of a crosswalk. Fearing for her safety, he exited the bus before his own stop to render assistance. Joshua quickly learned from the woman that she was trying to renew her passport at City Hall in the Mall (located at Coral Square Mall). Joshua not only escorted her safely across the busy roadway, he brought her inside and assisted her in filling out the application. Unfortunately, the senior citizen was originally from Czechoslovakia causing a language barrier, and potentially suffers from cognitive delays. He remained with her for four hours and then escorted her back to the bus stop and waited with her until she was safely on the bus back to Fort Lauderdale.

After explaining what he had experienced to his grandmother, he realized she may have suffered from dementia and contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to provide a welfare check on the senior.

Employees at City Hall in the Mall who witnessed Joshua’s outstanding consideration of this senior, brought it to the attention of the City Commission and school administration at J.P. Taravella so that he could be properly recognized for his selfless acts.

Of the recognition, Joshua’s parents Pedro and Ana, who were in audience as he was recognized said, “We expect nothing less from Joshua, he is always willing to assist others. We are just so proud of him.”

J.P. Taravella Assistant Principal Debra Johnson, who was also in attendance, offered her heartfelt appreciation of Joshua and his selflessness.  

Joshua, who graduates this June, is looking forward to attending college to pursue a degree in Design and Social Entrepreneurship, his hope is to be accepted to Parsons School of Design in NYC. We are confident young adults, Joshua, are the changemakers needed in our society!

 (Photographed from l. to r.: Pedro Chavez, Ana Chavez, Asst. Principal Debra Johnson, Joshua Chavez and Vice Mayor Joy Carter).


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