Volunteer Firefighter Penalized By Basketball Coach After Doing This

A young man was supposed to be on the school bus with his teammates to go to a basketball game, but something detained him: he was busy helping to save a life. The teen made it to the game on his own, but was benched anyway. The school's rules about missing the bus are strict.

Lucas Patchen, a 17-year-old high school student and volunteer firefighter in Clayton, New York, was delayed in getting to the team bus because he was helping with rescue efforts. A fisherman got stranded on a large block of ice that broke off the mainland and began floating away with the current. Steve Rubyor, 35, was stuck out on the ice for more than an hour before a rescue team arrived.

Patchen took a moment to film what was going on. Helicopters and boats swooped in to help Rubyor, and Patchen was part of the 10-man rescue team.

He knew his school has a rule for basketball players: if you're not riding on the bus, call the coach or athletic director, or you’ll have to sit out the game. The teen did try making phone calls but only successfully contacted his teammates just before the bus took off. He even sent pictures of the rescue, then drove his own car to meet up with his team.

It didn't make a difference; when he got there, the coach told him he was benched.

"I was pretty much irritated that the fact that he said that and that I just took my own gas and my own car to Indian River to support the team," said Patchen.

The teen's father, Michael Patchen, is annoyed by the school's policy. "I'm going to vent a little on this one," he wrote on Facebook. "Lucas Patchen goes to a fire call for an ice rescue this morning and missed the bus to Sandy Creek for a basketball game. So, he drives his car there, gets there long before the game only to be told by coach Lalonde that he can stay in his dress clothes and sit the bench because he missed the bus."

"Lucas told him why he was late for the bus, showed him a picture of the Lifenet helicopter and the coach says' that's not my problem'. Well coach, I'll be at your school to talk to your boss and we'll see why you chose to bench Lucas for trying to help save someone's life," the dad concluded.

Local Superintendent Michael Bashaw says Patchen knew the policy. He's willing to consider changing the rule, and says that the school is proud of the young man. However, the last game is just water under the bridge right now.

Source: MailOnline
Photo: WWNYTV/MailOnline

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