Two young sisters have been given a bravery award by the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Chief Constable, for making a 10-minute 999 call after their mum suffered a seizure while driving.
Nine-year-old Lily Barber and her young sister Eva, 6, were given the Public Bravery Award at GMP’s Awards ceremony on 23 February.
The sisters called 999 back in November 2015, when their mum had a seizure at the wheel of her car – managing to tell a call handler all the details needed for police to locate them, and get both mum and daughters to safety.
Forty-one year old mum of two, Claire Barber, was driving her two girls from Wigan to Boothstown when she suffered a seizure, falling unconscious after pulling over to the side of the East Lancs motorway.
Lily and Eva were travelling in the car with their mum, and quickly called 999 when they realised their mum was unwell.
Over the course of the call, Lily told the call handler of their location, direction of travel, car type and their mum’s medical history.
Ms Barber said: “I am so proud of my girls for their actions on that day and for winning this award. I have always taught them at a young age what to do in an emergency, and I’m so proud that they acted upon it.
“I would also like to say thank you to the call handler from the Police for keeping the girls so calm – they must have been so scared and you really helped make it a bit easier for them”.
Call handler Stephanie Baxter, who has only worked for GMP for around 18 months, was also recognised for the way that she handled the call and directed officers to the family’s car.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “Lily and Eva showed real bravery and maturity when they must have been really scared about what was happening to their Mum”.
“It was a real privilege to meet Lily and Eva and present them with a Chief Constables Commendation. They are impressive young ladies and should be very proud of what they did”.