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Second grader Katie Lee of Alexandria, Va., honored for lifesaving 9-1-1 call

Date: 2012-06-07
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An 8-year-old student at Stratford Landing Elementary School is being hailed a hero after calling 9-1-1 when her mother fell down the stairs in the family's Fort Hunt home.

"I heard a fall and I was like, 'Mommy, are you okay?' And she was like, 'I'm bleeding" said Katie Lee, a second grader at Stratford Landing Elementary.  "I just felt like I had to call 9-1-1 and then I did," said Katie. "I just wanted to save her life."

"I was absolutely amazed," said Carolyn Kellam, the Fairfax County 9-1-1 dispatcher who answered the call. "I was very surprised at how calm and cool she was, and how articulate she was. Katie was able to give me the information that I needed without panicking."

A month after the accident, Kellam presented Katie with the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications 91-1- Citizen Lifesaver Award. Katie is only the third person to have ever received the award, and she got the honor in front of her entire student body.

For full story and video, see WUSA9 new report here.



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