CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Quick-thinking can save lives and a fourth-grader in Clarksville has just set one of the best examples.
In March, Clarksville Police said ten-year-old Hailie Latham was traveling with her grandma, Carolyn Latham, on Rossview Road. Suddenly, the grandma lost consciousness while driving. Officers said after their car weaved in and out of oncoming traffic, Hailie Latham sprung into action
“I got her foot off the gas pedal. I turned her key off and I put it in park.” said the ten-year-old
Unfortunately, Carolyn Latham never regained consciousness; but less than a month after the scary situation Clarksville Police honored the Latham at her school, Moore Magnet Elementary.
In a special ceremony with her peers watching, Latham was awarded a “Citizen Commendation” and a special coin from police.
On her award, Clarksville Police Chief Alzono Ansley wrote,
“Hailie’s cool, calm demeanor and quick thinking prevented a potentially deadly situation from coming to fruition. She showed maturity and ability to handle an emergency situation in a manner far exceeding her years. Her braveness and heroic actions were instrumental in averting a potential disaster and motor vehicle collision on a heavily traveled and busy roadway. Hailie’s actions reflect credit to her school, herself, and the City of Clarksville.”
Latham added that she knows her grandma would be proud of her.