TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Annabelle Sanders is back in school, but during her summer break in august she called 9-1-1, after hearing someone break into her home. During the 9-1-1 call she is asked by a dispatcher if the door was locked she responds by saying.
“The door was locked but it sounded like someone broke thru the window, they are in the kitchen right now”, said Sanders. The alert eleven year old took her seven year old brother and they hid in a bathroom.
The dispatcher stayed on the line as the youngster told him what was the intruder walking around the house. They were frightening moments for the two children who were home alone. Officers arrived moments later.
For her courageous actions, the 6th grader was honored by Tampa Police. In front of her classmates, Sanders also met the 9-1-1 dispatcher for the first time.
Sanders said of her conversation wit the dispatcher, “He stayed really calm and he asked me questions about what was going on, and so when he told me that they were coming, it made me feel more calm when I was in that situation.”
That dispatcher, was also amazed at how calm Sanders remained.
Nicholas Ware said, “She was very helpful, a lot of times you get a 911 calls you have people that are the exact opposite they are cussing you out or saying ‘hey just get somebody out here’, but she really provided the information.”
Sanders’ mother had nothing but words of praise for her daughter. Jill Burks Sanders said, “I am very proud she showed strength and courage that I don’t know if I could have done as well.”
Tampa police were able to track down and arrest the burglary suspect near the students home and they found several items taken from the house.