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Twelve-year-old Becky Martin used the skills she’d learned in Safe Sitter® to retain her composure while handling what could have been a life-threatening situation.

Becky, who took Safe Sitter® at Central Pierce Fire and Rescue in Tacoma, Washington, was well-prepared to babysit her two younger sisters, Elizabeth, 5, and Georgia, 2 ½, at home while her parents were out enjoying a date night.

The three girls enjoyed dinner outside on the home’s second story deck. Dinner had been uneventful. It’s what happened after dinner that caused a panic. The railing on the deck snapped and little Georgia fell at least 10 feet onto the asphalt driveway below.

Elizabeth screamed and Becky quickly ran to Georgia, who was crying. While trying to calm the toddler, Becky called both 9-1-1 and her parents, who had only been gone about 10 minutes and actually beat the ambulance to the house.

“We were amazed how Becky had the situation under control,” said her mother, Allison. “There was no visible blood but Becky knew a fall was serious and that her little sister needed help. She was doing a great job keeping Georgia calm and comfortable until help arrived.”


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