May 18, 2013
King County recognizes youth hero
Ten-year-old Isabel Carpenter honored for quick thinking to avoid possible abduction
A ten-year-old girl from Federal Way was honored today for seeking help to avoid a possible abduction. In February, Isabel Carpenter was approached by a stranger while walking home from school. Instead of getting in the car, Isabel ran to a neighbor's house and pounded on the door for help and persisted until the suspect drove off. She was then able to get safely home where her mother called 9-1-1. In recognition of her quick thinking, Isabel was presented with a "9-1-1 Hero" award today during the first-ever Youth Education and Safety (Y.E.S.) Fair in Renton. Isabel also got to meet Lorrie Broming, the 9-1-1 call taker who handled the call.
"I am so proud of Isabel for her fast thinking, and I know local parents and guardians can use her heroism as an example when they talk about safety with the children they care for,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.
By knowing exactly what to do and providing a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle, Isabel avoided possibly becoming one of the nearly 780,000 children who are reported missing every year.
The Y.E.S. Fair is part of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children's annual Take 25 Campaign, encouraging parents and guardians to take just 25 minutes to talk to kids about safety. The fair focused on providing lifesaving tools and tips on how to prevent and recognize dangerous situations.
"We know that teaching children preventative safety measures, including how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, makes a difference. Countless kids every year have escaped from bad situations by knowing what to do in a real emergency," said Marlys Davis, King County E-911 Program Manager.
The following facts and tips were also shared at the Y.E.S. Fair:
- One-third of attempted child abductions occur between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on a weekday, when many children are not supervised. Let children know that if anyone bothers or makes them feel scared or uncomfortable, trust their feelings and immediately get away from that person.
- 41 percent of attempted abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14. Teach older children to always take a friend when walking home from school, biking, or waiting for the school bus.
- 72 percent involve a vehicle. Tell children that adults who need directions or are looking for a lost puppy should not be asking a child for help; they should be asking other adults.
- Children that have escaped abductions used the following methods:
- 53 percent walked or ran away from the suspect
- 28 percent yelled, kicked, or pulled away to attract attention
- 19 percent were rescued by a good Samaritan or parent that intervened.
About King County Enhanced 9-1-1 (E-911) Program
Since the implementation of the 9-1-1 system in 1985, over 48 million calls have been answered by King County's 9-1-1 centers, and technical advancements have enhanced the ability to respond to emergency calls.
Today, a new service, Smart911, has been added to assist King County residents. Smart911 is a supplemental data service that allows residents to create a safety profile with critical information including phone numbers, associated addresses, medical background, and security information on a secure website, www.Smart911.com. Then when calling 9-1-1 from a registered phone, this additional data displays at the 9-1-1 call center.
To learn more about Smart911, or create a safety profile, visit www.Smart911.com. Detailed information about the King County Enhanced 9-1-1 Program is available at www.kingcounty.gov/911.