Posted Monday, November 29, 2010
Hey, readers! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. This story was forwarded to me before the holiday, but in the shuffle I didn't have time to talk about it / post it to my blog. But now, I'm happy to share this story with you:
Spokane police officers arrived to an unusual site at an emergency call on November 3rd: a homeless woman being assisted at the edge of a busy freeway off ramp by a shoeless teenage girl, in a pretty dress, with a four-point crown perched on her head.
15 year old, JJ Brown, Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen, had just come from the Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design and was on her way to perform at a "Musical Salute to Veterans" sponsored by the El Katif Shrine Center Legion of Honor in Spokane when a woman walking along the edge of the off ramp lost consciousness and her body tumbled right into the path of oncoming, rush-hour traffic. JJ’s Mom swerved to avoid hitting the woman and sped her car to the closest safe location to call 911. Before the car came to a full stop JJ leapt out of the car and dashed the 150 yards back to the woman.
Without much thought to her own safety, JJ hoisted the unconscious woman out of the middle of the road, got her to the guard rail, out of the direct path of traffic,and revived her.
The Spokane police officers arrived very quickly and helped get appropriate medical attention to the woman. An hour later JJ was surprised to see our Sheriff sitting in the front row as she sang at the veteran’s event. He served as an emotional reminder of her gratitude for all those who serve. Although she was slightly shaken and a little choked up, she sang beautifully and moved the audience with her heart-felt rendition of Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud to Be An American".
Oh, why was she shoeless you ask? JJ is notorious for not putting on her heels until she reaches the door to an event, so she usually wears her trademark Converse Chuck Taylor's until she is near the venue. She was getting pretty close to her performance so she jumped out of the car half-way through the shoe change.
I don't know about you, but it warms my heart to hear about every titleholder making lives better in their communities.