Student jumps fence to comfort fourth grade cheerleader in tears because of dad’s military absence

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A high school student in Texas is receiving international praise for the lengths he went through to comfort a young cheerleader who was crying because she missed her dad.

According to FOX29, fourth grader Addie Rodriguez is a cheerleader, and she was performing at a football game at Central Catholic High School. As part of the routine, the other cheerleaders on her squad were joined by their fathers who lifted them onto their shoulders.

But Addie’s father wasn’t there for the routine because he is an airman and is currently training at Travis Air Force Base in California.

“It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he’s away. It’s not just an absentee parent. He’s serving our country,” Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie’s mother, told FOX29.

Understandably, Addie became upset and started crying. But then out of nowhere, someone rushed toward Addie.

Matthew Garcia, a senior at Central Catholic High School, ran down from a set of bleachers and hopped a fence to comfort her. He then lifted her onto his shoulders, just like the cheerleaders’ fathers.

“I just felt like somebody saved my life. I thought that’s so nice, especially since my dad’s serving for us,” said Addie.