The Class of 2025 was in the gym at Saucier Elementary School on Friday as were the classes of 2026-2030. The students were there to receive accolades for attendance and grades as well as to honor one of their own — fifth grade student Blake Carroll.
Carroll was the “man of the hour’ on Friday. He was recognized by Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson for helping to save the life of a Saucier toddler.
Blake was the one who found to find 2-year-old William Odom after the boy went missing on Oct. 3.
“Blake was getting off the school bus when he heard the horn blowing on truck that belonged to one of his relatives,” Peterson said. “He found the child inside the truck and it freaked him out and he went to a relative’s house and got some help.”
Peterson, during Friday’s presentation which included a plaque honoring Blake’s heroics, said the 11-year-old “thought outside the box.”
“He was thinking outside the box when he found that child in a vehicle with the windows cracked,” he said. “William had air, but if he had not had the windows cracked, he probably wouldn’t be with us today and when Blake heard that horn blowing, he knew something wasn’t right. And that’s when he found William stuck inside the vehicle — he is a hero to law enforcement and to this community.”
But I’m proud of him — I’m always proud of him because he’s a good boy, but right now, it’s pretty cool to be Blake’s dad.
Russell Carroll, father of Blake Carroll
Peterson also read from a letter that was written by William Odom’s grandmother.
“If there was a mask of your face, I would go as you, a hero, for Halloween,” Peterson said as he read from the letter.
Blake’s father, Russell Carrol, was among those attending the ceremony. He said he was quite proud of his son.
“My sister called me and said, ‘Blake just saved a toddler,’ and I didn’t know what in the world she was talking about,” Carroll said. “But I’m proud of him — I’m always proud of him because he’s a good boy, but right now, it’s pretty cool to be Blake’s dad.”
Blake said he was happy that he helped locate William Odom, but his eyes really shined when he talked about his passion — being a running back for the Saucier Jets.
“We haven’t won a game yet and we haven’t scored any points, but I had a really good run in our last game and I was able to spin and get out of a tackle and I knew how not to run out of bounds,” Blake said. “We play our next game on Saturday and I know we are going to do better.”