Officers Honor Girl For Bravery And Courage

Westbrook Elementary students crowded into the gym Wednesday morning.

It was all for the big moment, when Omaha Police awarded 12-year-old Katelyn Allen for her courage and bravery. They gave her a medal and plaque.

"She was able to stay calm the entire time somebody was breaking into her house, and give us descriptions of what was going on," Officer Brian Vanderheiden told the students at the assembly.

It was back on Tuesday, April 15th, when Allen was at home alone when someone started breaking in. She ran to hide in the bathroom and called the police.

Allen said one reason she was able to stay so calm was because of the dispatcher she was talking to on the phone. She said as long as the dispatcher was calm, she was too.

Allen escaped through her window to safety.

Wednesday, Allen shared with her classmates, "Stay calm in dangerous situations." She added, "Because when you're calm, you can think more clearly, and when you're like all over the place and freaking out, they might actually hear you and actually capture you."

Her father, John Allen, says now, the family has a new home security system and they're ready to just move on. "She just wants to get back to her normal life," he says.

The suspect in the burglary, Terrell Jackson, has not yet been charged for the crime. However, he has since been charged for two other burglaries.

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