Baird was walking her dogs through a south Salina neighborhood when she said she heard a woman screaming. She said her first reaction was to get the attention of someone in a nearby home; it was dark and she said she assumed the woman was being attacked by the way she was screaming.
After banging frantically on several doors with almost no response, and one woman shrugging her off, Baird said she began to approach the area where she heard the woman screaming. She walked up close enough to talk to the woman, who was near a vehicle.
Baird said she asked the woman if she was being attacked from a distance because she still couldn’t see through the early morning darkness. The woman informed her that she was trapped under her vehicle.
The woman had her arm pinned under one of the vehicle’s tires.
Baird said she got in the vehicle and rolled it off of the woman’s hand and then took her to a nearby home, that belonged to the woman’s daughter.
There were no broken bones, but the woman’s arm was bruised and sore..
Baird said she checked with the family several days after the incident and was informed that the woman was okay. The family said the woman had no memory of how she got trapped under the vehicle but added that she was there screaming for the better part of an hour before Megan arrived.
Baird said she has lived in Salina for most of her life and had never been in a situation like that before.
For the past 20 years, Baird has been doing most of her hero work inside of a classroom. She is a South High School graduate and has worked at Cottonwood Elementary her entire adult life. Baird said she has started reaching a teacher milestone, having second generation students in her classroom.
“Know your students as individuals, so you know their needs,” Baird said when asked what advice she would give students interested in a teaching career. “Make school a place they want to be.”
Megan Baird is the BANK VI Hero of the Week.