Francis Howell Union High student Connor Bequette recently was honored by the city of St. Peters for saving his neighbor’s life.
“Connor is just that kid,” Francis Howell Union Principal Rob Gaugh said. “He is pleasant, does not make excuses, and gets along with everyone.”
It was rush hour on a busy residential street. Bequette was at home, working on his car in the driveway. It was an average night for the high school senior until he heard a scream and saw a stroller rolling quickly down a hill.
“I got up as quickly as I could and started running after it. I happened to stop it right before it hit a patch in the concrete.” Bequette said. “I’m not the most fit person, but something sparked in me. I didn’t think much of it. I was raised to just do what’s right.”
The child’s mother, in shock, gave Bequette a grateful hug at the scene, but wanted to do more. The next day, she and her family appeared on his doorstep with a gift.
“They gave me this card,” he said. “And a picture of the little girl. Her older sister broke into her piggy bank and gave me a few coins. She thought it was the best thing ever, that I saved her sister.”
The child’s mother nominated Bequette for the St. Peters Random Acts of Kindness award, which he received. During the proclamation ceremony at St. Peters Justice Center, he met the mayor and other city dignitaries, who all hailed him as a hero.
“I believe that everyone is here for a reason,” Bequette said. “Maybe I happened to be in the right place at the right time. And I got to save a little girl and make a new friend.”