12-Year-Old Chattanooga Girl Recognized As National 9-1-1 Hero
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee girl has been recognized nationally for her bravery and heroism for saving her younger sister’s life during a home invasion.
Bre-Asia Marrow was recognized Tuesday morning as the 2014 National 9-1-1 Hero at the 2014 National 9-1-1 Heroes Awards Ceremony at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.
Last September, the 12-year-old from Chattanooga, called 9-1-1 when someone tried to break in while she and her sister Azariah were home alone.
"We was watching TV and we heard a knock on the door. We called our mom. She told us to turn off the TV, act like no one was there and so we did. They went away,” Azariah said. “Five minutes later they came back, started pounding on the door. We called her. She told us to call 911. They told us to hide in closet. We hid there until they got there."
Police arrived and caught the suspects shortly thereafter.
Hamilton County 9-1-1 dispatcher Amanda Miller took the call, and said she hopes her own children would react as calmly as Bre-Asia did.
"In the call you can hear her cry when the officers come. Same for us-- as soon as the officer gets there, then you're allowed to think about 'oh my gosh, that happened," Miller said "It was nailbiting. That 9 minutes felt like 30 minutes."
Miller also received a commendation for her role.
The sisters said kids should know at an early age how to call 911, and shouldn't panic if they ever find themselves in a similar situation.