by Cristian Soler
A nine-year old girl was honored Thursday night for working with police dispatchers to guide her mother to safety while being followed by a suspicious vehicle.
Fullerton Police Dispatcher Linda Carter and Anaheim dispatcher Desiree Martinez commended Nora Rojas for her ability to communicate effectively with both police departments during a tense situation.
Nora quietly said “thank you” and smiled as she accepted certificates inside the Anaheim PD Communications Center.
The incident began shortly after they pulled out of their driveway; Nora and her mother noticed a beige Honda Civic with two passengers making the same conspicuous turns as they did.
“I was scared because the car kept following us,” said Nora.
Nora was handed the phone after her mother dialed 911 to help translate for her.
“She did a great job,” said Carter.
Her mother only speaks Spanish.
Nora was able to translate instructions to her mother, share their location and describe the color and model of the suspicious car, Carter said.
Headed south on State College Boulevard, Carter transferred the call to Martinez when they crossed into Anaheim.
“She was able to direct her mom where to go,” said Martinez.
Martinez gave Nora turn-by-turn directions to the Anaheim police station.
Soon after Nora and her mother arrived at APD, the suspicious vehicle was spotted and pulled over for questioning by Anaheim officers, Martinez said.
No arrests were made.
Nora, a fourth-grader at Sunkist Elementary, aspires to be an artist one day.
In her spare time, Nora enjoys drawing in a small notebook. She said she loves to make beaded bracelets, play handball, watch The Simpsons television show and play soccer with her older brother.
Her plans for the summer include a small school project about Native Americans. She also plans to spend time at her sister’s pool, swimming and eating hamburgers with her family and friends.