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Central student honored as 911 Superhero

6th-grader ‘showed bravery,’ ‘remained calm’

Central Intermediate School sixth-grader Lela Eguia Hernandez displays the 911 Superhero award presented in her classroom Wednesday morning by Ottawa Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Hopkins and Ottawa Dispatch Center lead telecommunicator Stacey Fuentes.
Central Intermediate School sixth-grader Lela Eguia Hernandez displays the 911 Superhero award presented in her classroom Wednesday morning by Ottawa Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Hopkins and Ottawa Dispatch Center lead telecommunicator Stacey Fuentes.

Central Intermediate School sixth-grader Lela Eguia Hernandez was honored at her school Wednesday morning.

Ottawa Police Department School Resource Officer Steve Hopkins and Ottawa Dispatch Center lead telecommunicator Stacey Fuentes stopped in at teacher Katelyn McDonald’s classroom to present Hernandez with a 911 Superhero Award.

“We wanted to recognize someone who did something really special,” Fuentes explained to the students.

On March 11, Fuentes took a 911 call from Hernandez to say her family had been involved in a car accident.

“ ... you showed bravery and remained calm in a stressful situation,” Fuentes read from the award citation. “Officers and medics were dispatched to the location and arrived in less than two minutes. We believe Lela’s quick thinking contributed to the speedy response of our emergency personnel. We thank you for being a 911 Superhero.”

Hernandez’s classmates applauded.

At Tuesday’s Ottawa City Council meeting, 12-year-old Alexia E. Innis also was presented a 911 Superhero Award for helping her mother by calling for an ambulance.

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