FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The mother of South Florida teen Aden Perry, who died trying to save another teen whose car had crashed into a lake, was awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Valor Tuesday morning.
Perry’s mother accepted the Medal of Valor on behalf of her son’s heroic actions in an attempt to save Venkata Krishnamurthy on the night of April 19.
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The Medal of Valor is given to those who put “Service Before Self”.
“Although he was taken from this earth far too soon, Aden was always full of passion, had a good heart and wanted to make a difference and always help,” said Broward Mayor Michael Udine, reading from the proclamation presented to his parents. . “You wanted to be a protector, always thinking of others to give back to the community. Acting bravely was part of the values imposed on him by his mother Sarah, and his father, Alan, and he eventually resigned according to his character.”
Udine continued: “As Aden’s spirit will live on in the hope that his selfless actions and desire to make the world a better place will inspire us all to be kind to one another and live with the intention of always being generous and to help others in need.”
Mayor Udine and the board of commissioners declared Tuesday, May 22, Aden Perry Day in Broward County to “honor his memory and his family with the Mayor’s Medal of Courage, given to heroes who do valiant service before themselves.”
His mother accepted it with pride and grace on behalf of her son.
“My son was my hero every day, not just because of what he did that night by the lake, but it’s his last heroic act that will keep his name and memory alive,” said Sarah Perry.
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Aden attended Western High School and would graduate top of his class. He had hoped to become a neurosurgeon and won numerous academic awards, including those in physics, calculus, and English literature.
His family established a scholarship fund in his honor to help others pursue educational paths in medicine and science.
“With the fund we have set up with the help of the Very Good Samaritan and the Scholarship Fund, we will continue to do his job of helping others for random feats,” his mother said.
Perry was out for a walk with his mother in the Residences of Sawgrass Mills neighborhood along NW 12th Avenue near Silver Palm Boulevard just north of I-595 when the unimaginable happened on April 19.
Both witnessed a collision in the water. Without hesitation, Aden sprang into action. Tragically, when he dove in to rescue fellow teen, Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy, his head hit a rock underwater. His father said he had not suffered.
Both teens died that night.
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Krishnamurthy was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.