Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. At Deer Park Elementary School, today’s hero is an energetic but shy second grader named Skyla. In late April, Skyla had to call 9-1-1 to rescue her great-grandmother, possibly saving her life.
While dropping Skyla off at school, Jean Sullivan, Skyla’s great-grandmother, got out of the car without the transmission locking in “park” and the car began rolling, pinning her underneath. With a maturity and calmness well beyond her years, Skyla quickly called 9-1-1, giving them all the information they needed. With Skyla’s help, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived quickly, and her great-grandmother is expected to make a full recovery.
As a result of her actions, Skyla has been awarded the “Sheriff Gee 9-1-1 STAR Award.” In a ceremony in the Deer Park cafeteria, in front of all her fellow second graders and their teachers and administrators, with her extended family in attendance, including her Great-grandmother, Skyla was presented with her award along with two book bags overflowing with gifts and goodies from the HCSO 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Amid dozens of cameras, answering question after question, Skyla and her great-grandmother told reporters that Skyla simply did what she needed to do that day to help her great-grandmother. In spite of all the TV cameras, questions, and a very attentive audience, Skyla just smiled shyly, posed for photos with officers and dignitaries, and answered reporter’s questions, as if this kind of fuss happened every day. Skyla is a hero, no doubt about it, and she has made her family, her school, and the District very proud!View Full Album