Two terrified, young sisters hiding during a home invasion made news on Friday, Sep. 13. ABC News reported that older sister, Bre’Asia Morrow, 12, hid with her younger sister, Azariah Morrow, 11, in a closet during a dramatic home invasion which was caught on tape. Bre’Asia dialed 911 to report the break-in, getting 911 operator, Amanda Miller, on the other end of the phone. The operator’s calming voice guided the courageous 12-year-old throughout the trying ordeal with invaders, sometimes, as close to the frightened girls as right outside the door of the closet in which the sisters had hidden.
Bre’Asia quietly reported events as they progressed, giving vital details regarding their Chattanooga, Tenn. home to Miller on the phone from their hiding place in the closet. Operator Miller asked early in the call, “Where are you guys at in the house, are you in a safe place, are you in a bedroom?” When Bre’Asia told her they were in their bedroom, the operator asked, “Is there a closet you can go into?” The 12-year-old replied, “Yes, but it’s a very small closet.”
Miller instructed the girls to go into the closet and comforted the girl whose frustrations forced tears, “It’s okay, it’s okay, take deep breaths, honey. Try to stay quiet so they don’t know you’re there,” according to records from the Hamilton County 911. The operator asked, “What do you hear?” Bre’Asia replied, “I think they’re ... walking around.” Miller told the frightened girl, “Do not make a noise until you hear police say that they are police ... Take some deep breaths. Shhhh.”
The two girls had been home alone when two men broke into their home last week. ABC News stated that police said the men “tore through the back door and went after the flat screen TV and other electronics,” Bre’Asia frantically whispering to operator, Amanda Miller, “They’re inside, they’re inside!” Miller answered, adamantly, “Do not hang up this phone.” The 12-year-old responded, quietly but urgently, “Hurry, hurry!”
The operator kept assuring the girls that the police were on their way. Bre’Asia repeated her request, “Please tell them to hurry,” and Operator Miller assured her, “They’re there, they’re trying to get in safely so nobody gets hurt ... You’re doing a great job, you’re very brave okay, you just stay right where you’re at.”
Nine minutes later, police arrested the two men and Bre’Asia let loose the cry that had been struggling to escape the whole while she had been securing her sister’s and her own safety. Little sister, Azariah, proudly proclaimed her big sister a hero, adding, “She was telling me, like, ‘I’m glad you’re okay,’ and stuff, and that’s it’s good that they didn’t find us.”
This is the second home invasion in the news with youths 12 and under as potential targets, turned heroes in less than a month. On Aug. 26, 12-year-old Deion Murdock also made news when he was home alone in Port Arthur, Texas. He called 911 when he heard people trying to break into his home. Both incidents had happy endings because quick-thinking youths, along with savvy 911 operators and quick-acting, efficient law enforcement officers saved the day.