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Two kids honored for their bravery
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two Michigan kids are being honored for their bravery.
They helped save a Grand Rapids woman who was kidnapped from CMU’s campus and raped in January.
This is only the second time the sheriff in Isabella County has given out the Sheriff's Life-saving Award.
Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski says James and Acelin Persyn stand out because of their courage and quick thinking.
The siblings were at home in Shepherd when the abducted CMU student came to their door asking for help, after running away from her captor.
The sheriff says, after making the good decision to let her in, the kids continued to make all the right choices.
James got a hunting knife, grabbed his cell phone and locked everyone together in the bathroom.
The two say they're thankful for the award but unsure about being called "heroes."
“I don’t think I’m a hero,” James Persyn says. “I just opened the door and helped like everybody else would.”
Sheriff Mioduszewski adds, “This is one positive bright spot because, like I say, had they not opened up that door, she would not be alive right now.”
The sheriff says James and Acelin did the right thing under a lot of pressure and hopes that bravery will continue throughout the rest of their lives.