Alec Leslie doesn't really like all the attention he is getting for what he did in October — but it was a pretty big deal, just like the medal he received during Tuesday night's student achievement ceremony at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting.
Leslie was awarded the Award of Heroism by Brigadier Gen. Hector Pagan, making the 17-year-old East Bay High School junior from Ruskin the first student in the Hillsborough County School District to receive the honor.
Leslie, a private first class in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, helped save the life of an accident victim on Interstate 75 lst year with first aid skills he learned in his training.
As the first person on the scene of the accident, Leslie stabilized Brian McNutt's neck and helped him regain consciousness while his friend Trace Coppedge called 911. McNutt barely survived. "He died three times on the way to the hospital and they revived him," Leslie said.
After multiple surgeries, McNutt is recovering. Leslie has visited him in the hospital on several occasions.
Leslie is planning to join the military after high school and plays down his own heroism.
"Honestly, the award isn't really the big thing. For me, I've always been a pretty humble spirit," he said. "I'm just doing the right thing."