Teen Saves Sister's Life

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A 14-year-old boy is honored for saving his sister's life. 9-year-old Jessica was at a friend's house playing when she was accidentally stabbed with an arrow. She was nearly bleeding to death when her brother, Daniel, quickly called 911.

(Dispatcher) "Is she breathing?"
(Caller) "They say she's going to pass out. You need to get here."
(Dispatcher) “Is there any serious bleeding?"
(Caller) "Yeah, very serious."

"I felt my leg get warm. There was blood shooting 2 feet," Jessica tells 11 News.

(Dispatcher) "Get a clean, dry cloth or a towel and place it right on the wound."
(Caller) "We have heavy pressure with towels on it."

"I didn't realize she hit her femoral atery in her leg and it was a life-threatening situation," Lisa Corrigan, the 911 dispatcher says.

(Caller) "What are you guys sending?"
(Dispatcher) "We're sending a fire truck. I can ask them if they want to send a helicopter if you feel like you need one."
(Caller) "Yes, please, please."

Airlifted to the hospital, Jessica survived and has a long scar on her leg. 6 weeks after that 911 call, Daniel walked into his school gym on Wednesday afternoon and had no idea why all the students and his family are clapping. But, all the applause was for him. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa gave Daniel a 911 hero award. "For a 14-year-old boy to be so calm, it’s so amazing," Corrigan said.

"I just know that's what I had to do," Daniel said. Jessica said that she calls her big brother, “my hero." Daniel said, “She's done so much for me. I just had to owe her one."

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