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Bothell boy honored for his bravery following car accident
After her car took a hit, spun across the highway and flipped onto its roof, all Tina Fischer could think about were her two young boys, Will and James.
When the car settled, Tina at first couldn’t hear the boys in the back seat, but Will, 9, was already in action: he calmly reached over and unbuckled James’ seat belt and put the 5-year-old in a safe position. Tina’s hearing soon kicked back into gear and she then knew that everyone was safe after their early evening accident on Interstate 405 in Bothell last Dec. 7.
“I remember that we were upside down, I looked over and I could tell (James) had the air knocked out of him because he was upside down and just screaming,” Will said in his family’s Bothell home last week. “First, I thought it was too loud for me and I wanted to get him down so it wouldn’t be as loud. Then I thought that if James wasn’t having a good time, then I wasn’t going to have a good time, so I just wanted to get him down and make sure he was safe and not harmed.”
Bothell Fire and EMS and Woodinville Fire and Rescue members were so impressed with Will’s actions while they were on the scene of the accident that they honored him with an award on Feb. 29 at his school, Wellington Elementary in Woodinville. Will’s family members and classmates were in attendance, as was a fire truck that drew the attention of his fellow students.
“I just thought that getting James down was a (good) deed, but I think other people took it very seriously and I felt honored that other people cared about what I did,” Will said. (I’m) glad James was safe, but I was pretty happy I got an award, too.”
“Will was very upset, but very brave and very concerned about his brother and me,” Tina said, noting that the family stuck together and kept cool.
James called his brother a “hero” as he glanced at him across the room.
As she recalled the accident, Tina noted that four cars were involved, including one driver who knocked another car into the Fischers’ white Lexus SUV. Their vehicle was totaled and they’ve since purchased another one — this time in red, because they felt white was an unlucky color since the SUV was rear-ended about a month before the I-405 wreck.
No one was seriously injured that day, and Tina praised the firefighters and rescue workers for their stellar work in tending to those involved in the crash. Bothell firefighter Kelly Cross was first on the scene and organized the award presentation. One driver also came to their aid by pulling open the SUV door and getting the family out.
“They really made this horrible experience so much nicer in the sense that they knew what to do and they looked after us,” said Tina, noting that the Fischers were transported to Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland to get checked out. (Will, James and Tina suffered minor scrapes and bruises.)
“For me, it’s one of those reminders that one second, something can just totally alter the course of events in your life and you have no real control sometimes on that. We were so lucky,” Tina concluded.