16 Dec

A Hero To Remember

                                       

She didn’t have a weapon and she didn’t herd her kids like sheep to be killed in a corner; Sandy Hook first grade teacher Vicki Soto, showed remarkable courage and resourcefulness in a face to face encounter with a homicidal maniac. Don’t forget that name, Vicki Soto, she refused to go by stupid guide lines when confronted with evil, she hid her children and stood alone to face evil.

A friend posted this picture of Vicki on her Tumblr page where she said she had talked to her on Tuesday “and she told me she loved her 16 angels and never wanted to let them go.” She added: “Today when the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets and when the gunman came into her room she said the class was in gym. She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed. Words can not express how heartbreaking and tragic this is. I will miss you dearly.”

Her Sister Learns of the Loss of Vicki

She took the bullets to save her 16 angels. She wasn’t thinking of outrageous pension demands by moronic union thugs, she made the ultimate sacrifice for her children. The 27 year old hero stood to face the murderous cowardly bastard Adam Lanza and paid for her selflessness with her life, but her first graders are spending this evening with their families because of the actions of this heroine.

Besides being a hero, she was an outstanding citizen.

Soto lived with her parents, her sisters and a brother in Stratford, Conn. Home was a modest Cape Cod-style house in a blue-collar neighborhood. She was single, doted on her black Labrador, Roxy, and was a regular worshiper at the Lordship Community Church in Stratford.

Her mom, Donna, has worked as a nurse at Bridgeport Hospital for 30 years. Her dad, Carlos, is a crane operator for the state’s Department of Transportation.

Vicki, as everybody called her, was the apple of her father’s eye. And it was left to him to formally identify his daughter’s body.

Soto had been teaching at the school for five years — and was adored by her students. She called them her “angels” and delighted the little devil in them by sometimes chewing gum in class, which all the kids knew is a no-no at the school.

Soto had already been teaching five years. Her students were her angels. She sometimes amused them by chewing gum in class, to make light of school policy. Tonight, she is with real angels. Please let their be a God to comfort and thank Vicki Soto.

About Skook

A professional horseman for over 40 years, Skook continues to work with horses. He is in an ongoing educational program, learning life's lessons from one of the world's greatest instructors, the horse. Skook has a personal website skooksjournal.com featuring his personal writings and historical novel type stories.
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13 Responses to A Hero To Remember

  1. Smorgasbord says: 1

    She’s the kind of person you want in the military when things go bad. I have heard too many stories about killings. Too many times people are only worried about themselves, and some just go crazy with fear. This trooper saved her students lives by keeping her cool and putting them first. How many others would do what she did?

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  2. CharlieGee says: 2

    God Bless Vicki Soto! You are the Angel!

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  3. R. L. Hails Sr. P. E. says: 3

    At Christmas, we celebrate the arrival of the Savior. For her kids, Vicki Soto, is His instrument of salvation, not for just one horrible minute, but for the rest of eternity. She is what all humans hope to be. For those who remain in this valley of tears, it may be of some comfort that our church in Maryland, as churches all over the world, are praying that the God of Love will come to Vicki’s community. She is with God; you are not alone.

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  4. anticsrocks says: 4

    I learned long ago that God works in mysterious ways and it is not ours to question his motives or actions. But it plain to see that he put this brave young lady in the path of that gunman so that those children might grow up and tell their children what a hero really is.

    God Bless this brave, brave young woman.

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  5. james raider says: 5

    Thank you for this post, Skook. Vicki Soto is a beautiful, powerful Soul, with presence of mind and selflessness which inspires each of us, and whom we can all honour with gratitude. Vicki defines for us the term Hero. Thank you Vicki for your gift.

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  6. @Smorgasbord:
    How many others would do what she did?
    All the teachers at the school.
    As well as the 6 year old, who, supposedly (and I type that because many things reported that first day were soo wrong) saw to it that his friends got out and that he was the last one out.

    “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

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  7. She wasn’t thinking of outrageous pension demands by moronic union thugs, she made the ultimate sacrifice for her children.
    Typically nutcase.
    So sad, much like one’s inability to see a southern lady’s wrongheaded defense of the War Between The States.

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  8. I should add that the teachers at this school are ones who made teaching a life long career, something education “reformer” and union opponent Michelle Rhee mocks.

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  9. Smorgasbord says: 9

    @PhillipMarlowe: #6
    I like to think that all the teachers would do the same thing. We never know how we will act in a situation until it happens. I hope I will think of others first if something like that happens to me, but I don’t know how I would act.

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  10. johngalt says: 10

    @Smorgasbord:

    Not many people in society get a chance to see how they would react in similar situations, and we should be thankful, for all manner of reasons, that that is the case.

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  11. Smorgasbord says: 11

    @johngalt: #10
    I agree.

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  12. FAITH7 says: 12

    Yes, a true heroine… a brave woman…I cannot imagine the grief of her family..nor the grief of the families of all the little ‘Angles’ who were the target of this mad mans lunacy….my heart goes out to each and every victim and their families who now have to try to make sense of their loved ones selfish murders…a void will be in their hearts forever..
    God Bless….

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  13. so many HERO LIKE HER,have done the ultimate sacrifice, they the VICKI SOTO,
    YOU CAN FEEL IT IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE AROUND FOR A WHILE,
    are they by any chance the previous HERO, SENT BACK BY GOD, TO BE THE KEEPERS OF BRAVERY, AND COURAGE FOR THIS NATION,
    why not think so, they are just like the shining STARS ALWAYS THERE BRILLIANT TO SHINE IN THE DARKNESS, THEY ARE THE ANGELS ON THE HIGHEST PLAN BEING FOREVER ALIVE
    LOOKING AFTER THE HUMANS.
    THEY ARE THOSE WHOM WE THINK OF, WHEN THE HURT IS UNBEARABLE TO SUSTAIN.
    MAY GOD SEND HER BACK AGAIN,

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