12-year-old honored for life-saving actions after father fell in the shower


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A 12-year-old girl is honored as the Safe Streets Champion of Character for her lifesaving efforts after her father falls in the shower.

The Safe Streets Coalition announces that they will announce their October Champion of Character at their meeting on Wednesday, October 6th at 12 noon. The award recognizes measures that significantly improve the health, safety and quality of life in the Topeka community.

The character’s October champion is Haylea Lane.

On August 16, around 7:50 p.m., Safe Streets, The Topeka Fire Dept. Engine 5 responded to a medical call in which a 46-year-old man, Robert Lane, slipped while getting out of the bathtub and suffered a large cut to his head.

Safe Streets said Julie Lane, the patient’s wife, asked her 12-year-old daughter Haylea to get her phone and call 911. Haylea didn’t know the password for her mother’s phone, so she helped her father when her mother called for help.

According to Safe Streets, Haylea helped her father by applying pressure to the wound on his head with a towel and trying to stop the bleeding. She continued to apply pressure while her mother looked after her other two children until the first responders arrived.

Safe Streets said Haylea’s action made a huge difference in her father’s possible blood loss. Her courage and actions, especially for a 12 year old, showed perseverance, determination, and compassion.

To nominate someone as a Safe Streets Champion of Character call 785-266-4606 or email [email protected]

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