ISHPEMING - There are, perhaps, a great many seniors today who feel as though the younger generations have lost sight of certain values; they lack compassion, and aren't willing to extend a helping hand to their neighbor. But after what she experienced on April 29, Rose Bullis of Ishpeming is definitely not one of those seniors.
That evening, Taylor Stanaway, 10, was walking downtown to take part in "music night" when she heard someone calling out for help. She followed the voice until she found Bullis, 89, injured and lying in a puddle of water.
Stanaway, of Isheming, tried to help the woman to her feet, but Bullis's shoulder was too badly injured to move her.
At left, Taylor Stanaway holds her certificate of recognition as she stands with Rose Bullis Sunday at the Old Fashioned Baptist Church in Ishpeming. Stanaway was honored for her heroic efforts on April 29, when Bullis had suffered an injury and Stanaway went out of her way to help. Below, Taylor receives her new bicycle, helmet and padlock from Pastor Robert Kemp, Sunday, at the Old Fashioned Baptist Church in Ishpeming. (Journal photos by Justin Marietti)
So the young girl asked for permission to enter Bullis's home where she summoned assistance via 911.
Stanaway stayed with the woman until the ambulance arrived, and then she went inside the house again to take the bread out of the oven that Bullis was baking. Once the EMTs departed for the hospital, Stanaway made sure to lock up the home behind her.
When she left the home, Stanaway continued on to Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming, where she called her dad, Don Stanaway, to briefly let him know where she was, and that she had "helped a lady today and called 911." She said she would talk more about it when she arrived home, but didn't give much more detail that night.
On Sunday, Stanaway was honored for her heroic efforts by the Old Fashioned Baptist Church in Ishpeming, where Bullis is a member. At the ceremony, she received a letter of commendation from the city of Ishpeming, a certificate of recognition from the church and a brand new bike which the church purchased.
Taylor Stanaway said that between what she was taught in school and by her parents, she knew what she had to do that day.
"My parents have told me a lot of times the good and the bad thing to do," she said. "And whatever is right, you'd better do it."
Robert Kemp, pastor at the Old Fashioned Baptist Church, said, "(The story) was unbelievable. She is a very humble and very sweet little girl. What she did was just awesome."
Bullin, who suffered a broken bone from the fall, said, "I cannot express how glad I was to see her when she came back. I never realized she was like a grown person. She was such a sweetheart to me, I'll tell you."
Author Jerry Smith once wrote, "It's good to be blessed; it is better to be a blessing." On April 29, Taylor Stanaway proved that sometimes, those blessings come in small packages, and that no one is too small to help.
Justin Marietti can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 245.