TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo Public School District student J'Monica McCoy was presented a plaque Friday in front of her classmates.
J'Monica's house caught fire late last month.
While her mom and a neighbor worked to get the situation under control, J'Monica was on her cell phone with E-911 calmly giving dispatchers all the necessary information.
J'Monica McCoy said, "I was about to go back in and get my mom's phone and keys, and that's when smoke hit me in my face. I ran off the porch and yelled that the house is on fire. That's when the neighbor and my mom started running toward the house."
The mom and neighbor were able to get the situation under control, but not before a very mature 13 year old J'Monica impressed dispatchers by giving them all the necessary information they needed.
Mother Bridgette McCoy said, "With her being so calm, I guess she gave me the opportunity to be the panicked one. I was so proud of what she did."
Lee County E-911 is proud of her too and they encourage more people to remember how she acted on the phone with them during an emergency.
Tanya Mayo with E-911 said, "It's very helpful to the dispatchers. They can understand them clearly and process a call as needed."
J'Monica says she's never really thought much about how she would act when making an emergency call.
J'Monica said, "I guess something just came over me and told me to calm down and be patient."
It's a lesson for anyone who needs emergency help, in helping first responders get to a scene as soon as possible.