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Kansas girl takes wheel when mom passes out

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An 8-year-old girl was honored with a plaque from her town after her quick thinking saved lives.

Abby Porter and her mother were headed to school when suddenly her mother fell unconscious. Abby took the wheel, turning the vehicle around to head home.

"I got out of my seat belt and then I started driving," Abby said.

A police officer noticed the car swerving and thought it was a drunk driver.

"So as I got beside the vehicle, I could see that the driver was unconscious and there was a small girl steering the vehicle," said Officer Jimmy Hamilton of the Galena, Kansas Police Department.

After several attempts to stop Abby's car by moving in front of the vehicle, the officer pulled along side of her and she rolled down the window. He explained he was trying to stop her car by placing his car in front of hers to let the bumpers hit.

"She said she didn't want to do that. She was scared, but I explained to her we needed to, to avoid a wreck down the road," Hamilton said. "So she said she would. I got back in front of her and started slowing down and when I felt their front bumper bump the back of my cruiser, I just started keeping slow and steady pressure on the breaks until both vehicles stopped."

Abby was presented with a plaque from the city, a certificate from her school principal and gift certificates to several area businesses from the city's police department.

"I kind of feel like I was just in the right spot at the right time. I think Abby's the hero and I think the good lord was in charge of the whole situation because a lot of things could've went wrong, but it all worked out good," Hamilton said.

Thursday, May 15 was officially named Abby Porter Day in the town of Riverton.
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