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”. There will also be a proclamation in memory of Aden.
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.
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.
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Both teens died that night.
Aden’s father was a former chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and had his father’s selfless spirit.
His family also provides a scholarship in his honor to help others pursue training in medicine and science.
Aden attended Western High School.
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Krishnamurthy was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.