KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two days after Christmas, two Kansas City girls nearly died in a house fire. But a 9-1-1 call got them the help they needed. Thursday, the girls went to KCFD Station 30 and met the people who saved their lives.
Initially dispatchers weren't sure what they had on their hands. So they sent police and firefighters to the home on East 69th street. At first they thought it was a medical call, but the first crews that arrived to find smoke and fire.
Nearly three weeks later, 15-year-old Ni'kia and her five-year-old sister, De'arica, are doing great. They spent Thursday afternoon at Station 30 where the firefighters and paramedics who saved their lives work.
The first few minutes were filled with hug after hug and a lot of 'Thank you's'. Ni'kia says they're all heroes.
"It means a lot to me that I can say thank you for saving my life and they are heroes to me. If it wasn't for them, me and my little sister probably wouldn't be standing here as we speak," said Ni'Kia.
Firefighters and EMT's tried to deflect some of the praise and turned it back to Ni'kia, because she made the call that brought them to her.
"That was the best thing she could have done, she did absolutely the right thing in calling 9-1-1." explained EMT Katie Zishka.
Firefighters hope parents will use the reunion as a teachable moment so they will be ready if an emergency ever arises.