Making a Difference
Written by: Cannon Joly
What started off a normal day for Mirika Kirkman, a junior a Colbert County High School, quickly turned into something she never expected. While jogging at Spring Park in Tuscumbia with her brother, Mirika noticed a little girl riding her bike alone. She began to worry and could tell something was wrong when she realized there was no adult around to ensure the safety of the young child.
As Mirika approached to see what was wrong, the little girl began to cry and ask for help. After asking a few questions, it became clear her father was unconscious in the park restroom. Mirika quickly called 911 and stayed with the little girl until help arrived. She learned the girl’s name was Bella and comforted her while they waited. As you can imagine, the little girl’s mother was very grateful. In a way, Mirika saved her life, because anything could have happened. After the incident, Bella’s mother reached out to Mirika saying “You were the difference in never seeing my daughter again. I can’t thank you enough.” Bella and her mother even visited Mirika at work to deliver a handmade “thank you” gift basket to show their appreciation. It’s no surprise the two have stayed in contact and even enjoyed a special trip to Miami Ice together. Colbert County High School is so proud to recognize this small act of kindness displayed by Mirika Kirkman!
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