Eighth graders Imani McCalmon and Victoria Banks are neighbors and best friends. Every morning they walk to school together. On Tuesday, as they headed down Rugby Road, they came across 37-year-old Salema Mitchell lying on the sidewalk.
"At first I thought she was just a garbage bag because she had a big black coat on. Then we heard her making sounds in pain," McCalmon says.
The two girls immediately ran over to Mitchell and asked if she was alright. When it was clear she wasn't, they knew they had to get help.
"Imani got on the ground and was holding her hand and talking to her nicely and I waved down a man in his truck and he called 911," Banks says.
Fire Chief Michael DellaRocco says the girls acted bravely and did the right thing when they stopped to help a stranger in need.
"Our paramedics were they and they said even when they were there, the girls stayed," DellaRocco says.
The girls say they didn't even think twice about offering up their help. They say luckily, they were in the right place at the right time.
Mitchell, who was taken to Ellis Hospital and is in stable condition, is passing on a huge thank you to the two girls. She says she is grateful they were there to help.
Due to HIPAA law, Ellis Hospital is not releasing what caused Mitchell's condition.