MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis police officer was honored this week for his heroics that helped save a little girl.
A grandfather clock fell on the 4-year-old while she was playing at her home. She suffered cuts to her neck and face.
"I really didn't think she would make it," Tamera Espinoza said. "I thought that day I would lose my baby."
Mirella Espinoza is a typical 4-year-old. She's fascinated by the camera--more interested in it than anything else during our interview.
Last year, her curiosity nearly killed her. She climbed onto a grandfather clock and it came crashing down on top of her.
Her parents tried to rush her to the hospital, but their van broke down. That's when MPD Officer Kevin Jackson stepped in and transported the girl to the hospital in his squad car.
"I knew she needed medical attention as fast as possible," Jackson said. "So I did the next thing I could do, and that was put her in my squad car and take her to Le Bonheur as fast as possible."
The family believes the little girl might not have survived without Jackson's help.
Jackson received an award this week from the 100 Club of Memphis. Too shy to even meet us on camera, Jackson says he was simply doing his job.
"I am eternally grateful to officer Jackson, just for showing compassion," Espinoza said.
Officer Jackson has been with Memphis Police Department for five years. He says he's glad to learn little Mirella is doing well.