17-Year-Old Hero Swoops Into Action After Officer Is Shot Right in Front of Her

Ava Donegan never wanted to be a heroine.

According to KMBC-TV, on Oct. 1, she and her boyfriend were in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, shopping.

Then the shots came. Then came the wounded policeman. Then came the moment when the education her father taught her made an impact.

The 17-year-old was honored by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday for her actions on the day.


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Unbeknownst to her, as she was driving that day, two officers from the Excelsior Springs Police Department attempted to apprehend a suspect who shot her and punched Officer Adam Stott in the wrist and arm, according to the Courier-Tribune.

“Officer (Andrew) Stott ran to the vehicle Ava was in after he was shot. She could see that he needed help. He had been shot in the right arm and left hand. Officer Stott pointed to the spot outside of his vest where his tourniquet was. Ava helped retrieve it and place it on his injured right arm,” sheriff’s office public relations manager Sarah Boyd said at the ceremony as she summarized the incident.

“Because of his injuries, he couldn’t use his radio, so Ava pressed his radio button so he could tell dispatch what had happened. Eventually, she helped him remove his outer vest so he could receive medical attention,” Boyd said.

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Donegan had said her father, David Donegan, taught her first aid.

“It was like a lightbulb right away. I remember sitting on the couch several times and he went over a tourniquet and how important it is,” according to KMBC-TV.

“So when the officer said, ‘Can you help me with my tourniquet?’ I said, ‘Absolutely, I can help you with your tourniquet.’ It was really useful to get that knowledge from my father,” she said.


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“Ava also assisted the sheriff’s office in their investigation and provided information about what she saw,” Boyd said at the ceremony, according to the Courier-Tribune.

She was awarded the First Sheriff’s Office Challenge Coin by Sheriff Will Akin, Excelsior Springs Police Commissioner Greg Dull, and a $2,000 stipend from Chuck Anderson Ford.

In a letter read at the ceremony, Mike Anderson of Chuck Anderson’s Excelsior Springs Ford dealership called the teen’s actions “incredible.”

“I can only imagine how proud your family is. Nowadays you don’t see citizens taking the chance in life to make a difference. I never met the officer you helped but I can assure you that if he were my son I would be so grateful that you were there to help him on that horrible day,” he wrote.

“You will always be known as a brave young woman who made a difference,” Excelsior Springs Mayor Sharon Powell said, reading a letter from the dealership, according to KMBC-TV.

“I still think anyone would have done it,” Donegan said Thursday. “But I’m very grateful to be here.”

“I am very grateful for everything I received, especially for the kind words,” she posted on her Instagram account.

“I urge everyone to buy a tourniquet or a first aid kit, or at least educate themselves on first aid. “This won’t happen to me” – until it happens. Also, there is a GoFundMe in my bio to support the officer and his family,” she wrote.

According to the GoFundMe page, Stott, who was married shortly before he was shot, “is currently doing well after having arterial repairs on his right shoulder and had surgery on his left hand and a second surgery on his hand (October 6 ).”

Donegan said her current plans are to become a physical therapist.

https://www.westernjournal.com/17-year-old-hero-swoops-action-officer-shot-right-front-unmatched-bravery/ 17-Year-Old Hero Swoops Into Action After Officer Is Shot Right in Front of Her


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