Eight-Year-Old Riverton Girl Honored for Bravery and Quick Thinking

By Felicia Lawrence

Published 05/15 2014 09:40PM

Updated 05/15 2014 10:20PM

RIVERTON, KS.--- One eight year old girl is honored for her bravery and quick thinking. An awards assembly was held at Riverton Elementary to recognize Abby Porter for saving her and her mother's life. City leaders and her entire school gathered to celebrate her courage during an intense situation. 

"It makes us feel pretty proud. It's hard to grasp. It's all happened in such a short period of time," said Shelly and Roger Porter, Abby's Parents. 

It was all in recognition of Abby's heroic act Wednesday. Second Grader Abby Porter and her mother were headed to Riverton Elementary School Wednesday morning, when suddenly her mother fell unconscious.

"I got out of my seat belt and I started driving," said Abby Porter, 8-Years-Old. 

Abby took the wheel, turning the vehicle around to head back home. Galena Police Officer Jimmy Hamilton noticed the car swerving eastbound on Route 66 and thought it was a drunk driver.

"I got beside the vehicle and I could see that the driver was unconscious and there was a small girl steering the vehicle," said Jimmy Hamilton, Galena Police Officer.

After several attempts to stop Abby's car by moving in front of the vehicle, the officer pulled along side her and she rolled down the window. He explained he was trying to stop her car by placing his car in front of hers to let the bumpers hit.

"She said she didn't want to do that. She was scared. So I explained to her we needed to do that to avoid a wreck down the road. So she said she would. I got back in front of her and started slowing down and when I felt her front bumper, bump the back of my cruiser, I just started keeping slow and steady pressure on the breaks until both vehicles stopped," said Hamilton. 

The Galena mayor presented Abby with a plaque, her school principal presented her with a certificate and the Galena Police Department presented her with gift certificates to several area businesses. Her school mates showed a little appreciation too.

"I kind of think that I was in the right spot at the right time. I think Abby's the hero. I think the good Lord was in charge of the whole situation because a lot of things could've went wrong, but it all worked out good," said Hamilton. 

Abby says she was simply trying to keep her mom and herself safe. Today was marked officially, Abby Porter Day in Riverton.

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