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Monday, February 8, 2016

COE Alum a Hero After Rescuing Crash Victim

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A College of Education alumnus recently played the role of hero to a girl who had been ejected from her car in an accident on Interstate 8 in early December.

While we already think pretty highly of our alumni in the education field, Paul Battle, an Assistant Vice-Principal at Steele Canyon High School and a former SDSU student, was recently hailed as a “guardian angel” by Natali Kestenian after she survived being ejected from her car during a horrific accident. Battle, who witnessed the incident, stopped traffic and made sure that Kestenian was safe until she could receive medical attention.

Battle, who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from SDSU in 2001, completed a Masters degree in Education in 2006. He also earned both his Single Subject teaching credential as well as an Administrative Services credential in SDSU College of Education programs.

Kestenian, who is currently in recovery from her accident, attributes her survival to Battle’s presence and quick, courageous action during the ordeal. NBC San Diego covered the event in December and detailed the incident.