A 9-year-old Girl Scout is being called a hero for using her training to save her mom after a rollover crash.
Melina Lakey, 9, of Alexandria, Ind., was in the car with her parents in April when their SUV clipped a drainage ditch and rolled over six times, landing on its roof, ABC News reports. Her dad, who was driving, managed to pull Melina to safety, but her mom, Ashley McCollum-Lakey, was trapped in the passenger seat.
Melina rushed back to help her mom.
“When the airbags deploy, you can’t see any of the doors, so she lifted them up so I could find my way out,” McCollum-Lakey told ABC News. “She said, ‘Mommy I’m right here. Come to me.’”
She guided her mom through glass and debris to safety. Then she proceeded to call 911 on her parents’ cell phone.
Melina, a Girl Scout, was well-prepared for the situation; she had just spent the entire day at a local fire department learning first-aid skills and how to react during an emergency.
“I used what I learned in Girl Scouts. It was scary, but I kept calm and stayed courageous,” Melina said, according to the Indy Star.
Melina’s heroic actions were rewarded by the Girl Scouts with a special award. She even received a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo.