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Olivia Burns (center), 11, received the Citizen's Life Saving Award from Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen (right) Thursday, July 7, for saving the lives of her mother, Brittany, and sister, Carly, 9, after their mother experienced a seizure and lost consciousness while driving on Centennial Drive northwest of Alexandria. Deputy Jeff Beck (left) and North Ambulance personnel Mamie Webber and Jason Sinning assisted with others at the scene.

11-year-old girl saves mom, sister from possible car crash near Alex

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Life's door can swing open or closed in just one moment.

The Burns family of Alexandria understands those fragile circumstances all too well.


But the good judgment, perceptiveness and swift actions of 11-year-old Olivia Burns kept their family intact, saving them from what might have been terrible tragedy.

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