March 5, 2013
This is the third of seven profiles of this year’s Hometown Heroes, an award bestowed by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross to honor people for their good, and ofttimes, life-saving deeds. The Red Cross will salute the seven winners and its Humanitarian of the Year at a dinner 6-9 p.m. March 21 at Antlers Hilton. To buy tickets, call 785-2700.
Sara and Scott Anderson feel like heroes, but they can’t quite explain why.
The brother, 8, and sister, 11, won the Youth Hometown Hero Award for acting quickly to call 911 after their mother, Pam Anderson, fell off a horse in October.
The three were finishing a riding lesson at their home in Peyton when Pam’s horse got spooked. She fell and was knocked unconscious, breaking five ribs, her left wrist and her collarbone. Scott stayed with his mom and asked her questions while Sara ran to the house to call a nearby family friend, 911 and her father, who was in Colorado Springs.
“I was spinning and I remember looking down and thinking, ‘I’m going to fall off,’” Pam said.
Pam suffered a mild concussion. She vaguely remembers the painful, bumpy ambulance ride but didn’t wake up again until after surgery. The casts are off now, but she said it’s been a long, painful recovery. She’s still working on rehabilitating and is relearning how to do simple tasks such as opening jars.
Tears came to Pam’s eyes when she recounted the details she’s been told about her daughter calling 911.
“She did a phenomenal job relaying what happened and answering medical questions,” said a statement released about the children’s award. “She showed incredible maturity and bravery in handling this emergency, and her ability to provide detailed information about her mother’s condition exceeded the capability of many callers.”
Sara and Scott said they were very nervous.
“I wasn’t sure what to do,” Sara said. “I was overwhelmed.”
In the end, her 911 call saved the day.
“I’m just thankful that these two did what they did and were able to hold things together,” Pam said.