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A Deer Park seconder grader proudly accepted the 9-1-1 STAR Award from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Second grader receives 9-1-1-STAR Award for heroic actions

May 09, 2017 - Student Success

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! 

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