Helen Beard, British tourist hero who saved falling baby in Florida hotel, receives special award

By on Apr 23, 2011 in United States Comments

Helen Beard, the British tourist who recently saved a falling baby girl in a hotel in Florida, received a special award on Friday, April 22, 2011.

Helen Beard awarded
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As reported at CNN, Ms. Beard from Workshop, England was given by a ‘Medal of Merit’ by local government officials and businessmen on Friday, and became an instant hero on Thursday.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings was among the officials present when the the 44-year old data analyst from UK received the award.

The UK tourist turned-hero was also given passes and gift certificates to three theme parks in Orlando.

“We heard shouts and I turned around, I was able to run over and catch Jah-Nea,” Helen Beard said, as answering to questions during a mini press conference on Friday.

“It all happened so fast, I just sat with her and tried to calm her down while everyone was panicking around me.” Beard added.

As reported earlier, Helen Beard saved 2-year old Jah-Nea when she fell from the fourth floor of Econo Lodge Inn and Suites at around 9 p.m. (local time), who was at the pool when the incident happened.

Apparently, Beard was with her partner Philip Charlesworth and her 10-year old, Ben, in the hotel for a vacation that day.

Authorities revealed that Helena Myles, Jah-Nea’s mother, left her baby to a friend named Dominique Holt who lived on the next room of the hotel.

However, Holt admitted that she was in the bathroom and Jah-Nea may have crawled outside through the slightly opened door.

Baby Jah-Nea was immediately rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital and was reported to be unhurt, and no charges were filed.

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