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Hometown Hero: Teddy Black

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

If you work with special needs children, you know it takes a special skill and sometimes even a background in education! This time though, it's not a teacher, but a custodian from Winfield High School who would teach one student the best lessons of all.

While some friendships start with a handshake, this one began with trust.

“One day I just went up to him and said, 'Hi’ and introduced myself, and there you go,” said Michael Moles.

Moles is a graduate from Winfield High school, but this week, he went back with one big surprise. He had an award for a man who went out of his way to make Michael feel whole.

"My son had no self-esteem, he didn't care about school, didn't care about anything really until Teddy came along,” said Becky Webb.

Teddy is a high school custodian, but when it comes to kids with special needs, he goes above and beyond his duties at Winfield High.

“He’s even more special than I could imagine,” said Moles. “More than anybody can imagine. He's my best friend, and he always will be."

“A lot of people don't take the time to get to know or work with our special needs children, and Teddy does,” said Webb.

“He's a gentlemen, opens the doors for you, helps you out if you need it,” said Moles. “He'll get it. That's just the way he is."

But if you ask, the hero says it's 50/50! What he does for Michael, and the rest they do for him.

“I do anything to help them, and they do anything to help me. That's the way it's always been here," said Hometown Hero Teddy Black.

A modest answer for a modest man who deserves every bit of recognition.

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