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Girl who thwarted abduction recognized at safety fair

Girl who thwarted abduction recognized at safety fair
RENTON, Wash.-- At the first annual Youth Education and Safety Fair on Saturday, children and parents gathered to learn how to recognize, prevent and stop a dangerous situation like an abduction.

In the blink of an eye - a child can be taken.

For that reason the Center for Missing and Exploited Children wants parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their kids about safety.

One local family did just that--and those words --likely saved a little girl's life.

While most children here are learning what do to if a stranger comes calling, 10-year-old Isabel Carpenter shares about the day it happened to her.

A man got out of a van and approached the Federal Way girl.

"He said: 'Hey, I got something for you, I'm not a bad guy, come here,'" she said. "I did not trust him though."

Isabel knocked on a neighbors door until the stranger drove away.

She dashed home. Her mom called 911.

Isabel told the dispatcher about the scary situation.

Lorrie Broming was the 911 dispatcher who took the call.

"She just followed her instinct and it kicked in gear with what she's been taught," Broming said.

The King County 911 center gave Isabel its 911 Hero Award for doing the right thing.