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Philip Anderson

Pages Past: Custodian's heroics save child as wall collapses

An article in the Jan. 24, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the heroics of a school custodian in rescuing a student.

Fourteen-year-old Norman G. Gaither, an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Victory Catholic school on Wilkins avenue, was rushed to St. Agnes hospital in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department ambulance on Jan. 16 after a cinder block wall collapsed in the school room, knocking him into a chair, injuring his chest and fracturing ribs.

According to police, the custodian of the building, who heard the crash, rushed to the room and supported the falling wall with his body until the boy was out of the way. A...