- William David Sanders
name = William Sanders
October 22, 1951
birth_place = Eldorado,
death_date = death date and age|1999|4|20|1951|10|22
death_place = Columbine,
William David "Dave" Sanders (
October 22, 1951- April 20, 1999) was a computer and business teacher at Columbine High Schoolin Littleton, Colorado, USA. He was also the coach of the girls basketballand softballteams, though he is best known as one of the persons killed in the Columbine High School massacre.
Early life and education
A native of
Eldorado, Illinois, Sanders was raised Veedersburg, Indianawhere he attended Fountain Central High School. In 1973, he graduated from Chadron State College. He then joined the Columbine High Schoolfaculty in 1974.
The day of the shooting
When the assault on the school began, Sanders ran to the school cafeteria and alerted students. Along with two of the school's janitors, he helped get more than 100 students to safety.
By the time the gunmen arrived, the
cafeteriawas nearly empty. Sanders then made his way upstairs to the hall, trying to get students to safety by hiding them in classrooms when he was shot from behind by Dylan Klebold. He was hit in the torso, both shoulders, head and neck. He managed to get into a science lab where he bled to death waiting for help.
Dave's daughter Angela said at his funeral: "What you did in that school on Tuesday was an amazing act of heroism".
Dave was buried in Littleton's Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Since his death, Coach Dave Sanders has had a softball field at Columbine and a scholarship named after him, to honor his memory, and posthumously received the
Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The Fountain Central High School basketball court was named after him in his honor.
* Saltzman, Marilyn and Linda Lou Sanders. "Dave Sanders: Columbine Teacher, Coach, Hero". Xlibris Corporation, 2004. ISBN 1-413-45222-1.
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