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Kamloops, B.C., child honoured for bravery after acting to help injured grandmother

Six-year-old Jane Deelstra of Kamloops, B.C. receives a certificate for bravery from the Kamloops RCMP on Tues. Feb. 22, 2022.
Six-year-old Jane Deelstra of Kamloops, B.C. receives a certificate for bravery from the Kamloops RCMP on Tues. Feb. 22, 2022. Facebook/City of Kamloops

A six-year-old girl has been honoured by RCMP in Kamloops, B.C., after she managed to get out of a crashed car, cross a busy highway and summon help for her injured grandmother.

A post on the City of Kamloops Facebook page says Jane Deelstra received a certificate from Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky on Tuesday, recognizing her “great bravery and perseverance.”

The social media post says Deelstra’s grandmother suffered a medical emergency while driving on the weekend and crashed at an exit along Highway 1, east of Kamloops.

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Deelstra was not hurt but her grandmother needed help, so the post says the child crossed the highway, called emergency services and then stayed on the line until police arrived.

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In a ceremony at the Kamloops RCMP detachment, Deelstra was presented with the certificate, a challenge coin and teddy bear to recognize her actions.

The post says Deelstra’s grandmother is better and the child accepted the certificate saying she plans to “keep that forever.”

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