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Reporting by WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton

A Tuscaloosa little girl stepped up and did a very “big girl” thing and possibly saved her mother’s life two weeks ago.

When Tikenzie White, 9, called 911 on Sept. 23, she was inside a bathroom scared of the domestic abuse her mother was experiencing on the other side of the door.

“My mama told me to call police while I was in the bathroom and he was still here,” Tikenzie said. “I was a little scared … he was listening from the outside.”

Dispatcher Terrica Randle at the Tuscaloosa E911 Center took the call.

“I told her what happened and how the situation happened,” Tikenzie said. “She asked me some questions and she told me to stay in the bathroom until someone comes.”

On the other end of the phone, Randle was immediately blown away by how calm, articulate and brave Tikenzie was during such a dangerous, stressful time.

“Tikenzie was extremely calm,” Randle said. “She was able to give me her address and confirm without me having to repeat it several times. She gave me very pertinent information for our police emergency. She was able to get me details, specific information so that we could respond faithfully and actually attend to the emergency. She was very brave.”

Tikenzie stayed on the phone with 911 for nearly 20 minutes until first responders arrived. Her bravery prompted Randle, along with other first responders, to honor her with a surprise visit and certificate of bravery.

“I was very happy and my heart started pounding,” Tikenzie said.

While the experience is not one she’d like to relive, Tikenzie said she would do it all over again.

“Because I love my mom and I would do anything for her,” Tikenzie said. “I believe in her.”

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