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Second grader Katie Lee of Alexandria, Va., honored for lifesaving 911 call

8:52 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- An 8-year-old student at Stratford Landing Elementary School is being hailed a hero after calling 911 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'm thinking am I going to die from this? Are my children going to see their mother sitting at the end of the stairwell dying?" said Katie's mother, Laurie Lee, who had a concussion and a huge gash across her forehead.

"I just felt like I had to call 911 and then I did," said Katie. "I just wanted to save her life."

"I was absolutely amazed," said Carolyn Kellam, the Fairfax County 911 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."

One month after the accident, Kellam presented Katie with the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications 911 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.

"I think it's really awesome because I'm going to be on TV and I'm a little bit nervous," said Katie.

It's a teachable moment for Katie's classmates. They even listened to Katie's 911 call at the awards ceremony Wednesday morning.

"I had to step out because I can't go back to that moment. That is a lot to stomach," said Laurie Lee. "But she's beyond a hero to me. She's amazing."

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