One Bryan County girl received state recognition last night for her actions last year while protecting herself from a home intruder.
This time last year, 12-year-old Kendra St. Clair hid in her mother’s closet as a man broke into their home. St. Clair, home alone on fall break, took her safety into her own hands.
When the intruder got to the closet Kendra was in, she shot, hitting the man in the shoulder. The intruder, Stacey Jones, has been found guilty of burglary in the first degree receiving 25 years and a five-year probationary period.
St. Clair on the other hand, has now received the Oklahoma 911 Hero of the Year Award. St. Clair attended the annual Oklahoma Public Safety Conference Tuesday where she was given the award.
Her mother, Debra St. Clair, said that her daughter knew she was nominated but the fact that she won the award was kept secret from the girl until it was announced at the conference.
When the incident happened last October, St. Clair was called a hero and an inspiration by first responders on the scene.
They said they were proud of the girl for doing what needed to be done and inspired by the young girl’s bravery in such a situation. Last night, safety officials from all across the state recognized her for her bravery.