11-year-old girl receives an award for her bravery after saving little brother from house fire

Great job Tyshayla!


The ability to stay calm and keep a cool head during hectic and stressful situations isn’t something most of us could brag about. What most people do when they find themselves in trouble is panic, and although they are aware that’s not how you handle difficult situations, they can’t really do anything to help themselves.

Tyshayla Wilson from North Carolina is only 11 years old, but she’s one very special young lady who managed to keep calm during a fire which started in the family house and helped save her 5-year-old brother.

Quick-thinking Tyshayla took some time to think what to do next when she noticed that the kitchen was caught up in flames because of oil that started burning. At the time of the incident, the brother and the sister were all by themselves as their babysitter went to quickly grab dinner for them.

Having attended a fire safety training at school, Tyshayla rushed to the phone and called 911. Dispatcher John Schuler helped her keep calm and guided her through the process of safely opening the windows for the firefighters.

Thankfully, both Tyshayla and her brother were taken out to safety and on May 26, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey presented Tyshayla with an award for heroism.

The dispatcher, Schuler, also got an award. Tyshayla wanted to be the one to present the award to him because “He’s one of the most important people in my life now because he saved me and my brother.” 

Speaking to WSOC-TV, the brave girl said: “When I was a little girl, I always used to pretend I was a princess. But now that I’m older, I feel like I’m kind of a knight.”

Way to go Tyshayla.