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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Shane Savoy's family finds comfort knowing their loved one is being hailed a hero.

"He was definitely a hero ... I couldn't see a tragedy happening to Shane in any other way," said Shane's cousin Cathy Jo.

Cathy Jo said she still can't believe her cousin is gone.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said he was hit by a pick-up truck Friday while walking to the bus stop on Ranchette Road.

According to reports, he pushed 17-year-old Elin Cornett out of the truck's way, saving her life.

Shane's best friend Britney said Shane always put others before himself.

"When we heard about it that he saved her, it was no surprise at all," Britney said.

Elin and Shane spent their days in the culinary program. Close friends, walking buddies with similar goals: to attend culinary school after graduation.

Shane had dreams of opening his own restaurant.

"He touched everyone of those kids' hearts," said Cathy Jo.

And he touched the hearts of his teachers, too.

Shane's government teacher, Rich Good said Keystone Heights lost a genuine person and a good student.

"You never know when your time ends. You never know when the last time you'll be able to see somebody. Tell them that you care," Good said.

And Shane's family and friends say he's watching over and they're hoping he hears them. They're thanking Shane for being a hero, a good son, a good brother and all around good man.

"There wasn't anybody that he didn't bring something out in. That's just Shane, that was just Shane," said Cathy Jo.

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