Hispanic Heritage Month: Primitivo Garcia
Primitivo Garcia Elementary School is named after the first local Hispanic hero, Primitivo Garcia. He and his brother, Alfredo Garcia, saved their pregnant English teacher from being robbed in 1967. The teacher walked away without injury.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Primitivo, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to save his teacher’s life. The story inspired journalists throughout the country and was featured in Time Magazine. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded him with a Carnegie Medal in recognition of an outstanding act of heroism.
The Missouri governor, Warren Hearnes, declared him an honorary citizen of the state and the Missouri House of Representatives granted him “posthumous American citizenship”. The mayor of Kansas City declared December 1 to be Primitivo Garcia Day.
To this day, the family of Primitivo Garcia is involved with the school. We continue to honor the legacy of Primitivo Garcia and his service to others.