News

Actions

8-year-old Franklin girl helps save mom’s life

Posted: 8:54 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-15 00:02:29-05
freya.jpg

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Quick thinking by an 8-year-old Franklin girl helped save her mom’s life, and earned praise from Franklin police.

Friday morning, Franklin Sgt. Bob Kupczyk and Officer Mike Martinez presented Freya Macallan with the department’s Award for Excellence in front of all her classmates at Pearre Creek Elementary School. The department also gave Freya a gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s and a bag full of toys.

Last Friday, Williamson County Schools were closed due to widespread illness in the district, and Freya was home with her mom and two siblings. After playing upstairs, she came downstairs to find her mom unconscious on the floor. She immediately called 911. She followed the dispatcher’s instructions and was able to help her mom, while working to keep her 6-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother calm.

Freya said she was just doing what she was taught to do.

“A year ago, mom talked to us about it [calling 911], and then we still do things in school that talk to us about it,” said Freya.

“I wasn’t surprised,” said Susan Robertson, Freya’s mom. “She is a smart kid, but I don’t now as an adult I would have been able to be that calm and handle it that well.”

Robertson was taken to the hospital to get checked out. She said she has never had a seizure before in her life, and didn’t know what caused it. She is currently taking medication and is feeling better.

“It certainly could have been a much worse situation,” said Robertson. “I knew she was special before, but I’m doubly sure of it now.”