December 4, 2009

Eulls overwhelmed by heroic act

Kaleb Eulls had no idea his story would even be told.

When the Yazoo County (Miss.) senior saved the lives of 22 students on board a school bus on Sept. 1 he was unsure if it would even make it in The Yazoo Herald much less being reported by every major media outlet in the country.

"Even when it happened I didn't even know if it would hit the news at all," Eulls said. "I just really wasn't expecting it. When it did get it out it boomed nationwide real quick."

Eulls heroic deed spread like wildfire on Yahoo, The USA Today, ESPN, CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America and The Today Show among others.

His story seemed to strike a cord with the American public and soon thereafter Eulls mailbox started filling up with letters from around the nation. Several of the letters contained gifts including books, pictures and checks, one of which was for $700 from Hawaii. The humble 18-year old has kept all the correspondence he received but one particular letter left a lasting impression on him.

"It was a couple hundred letters," Eulls said. "The mailbox was full. I treasure many of the letters but one particular letter is from an elementary school kid named Aaron in Texas just written on some notebook paper. He sent a letter and a gift. The letter said 'Blessings from Texas'. He said that my story was so amazing that he saw on Yahoo and he was amazed at how many people I saved. He sent a gold dollar coin that he carried around for good luck but he told me that I could use it to buy a soda if I wanted. I put the coin up with the letter and I'm going to frame it so I can keep it."

Even with all the attention his story has received, Eulls still remained focused on his team at Yazoo County. The four-star quarterback/ defensive end completed 37-of-79 for 413 yards with two touchdowns and with five interceptions and also rushed 101 times for 649 yards and 11 more scores. Defensively the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder had 71 tackles with four sacks, one fumble recovery and eight tackles for loss leading the Panthers to a 5-7 record and a birth in the Class 4A Playoffs.

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