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YOUNG GIRL COMES TO MOM'S RESCUE.

Byline: CONNIE LLANOS

Staff Writer

CANYON COUNTRY -- Walking up to a group of local station firefighters who just weeks ago had helped save her mother's life, 7-year-old Marilyn Cabrera wiped away tears.

The multipurpose room at Fair Oaks Ranch Community School was full of classmates and teachers Friday, all proud of the little girl who had been brave enough to call 911 when her mother had gotten so sick she couldn't move.

But the teary Marilyn was just happy her family was all right.

"I am just glad my mommy is OK," the brown-eyed girl said.

It was Jan. 9 as Sandra Cabrera, a housewife, was cleaning up after lunch when she noticed that a persistent stomachache had taken a turn for the worst.

"I called my husband to tell him he needed to come home," Sandra said.

But Sandra's pain quickly became unbearable. Her head was pounding and she was having trouble breathing. Marilyn called her father on his cell phone.

"Mami's not moving," Marilyn said.

"I'm on my way sweetie. I'm almost there," Bernardo Cabrera told his daughter.

The self-employed plumber did not want to alarm his little girl but as he sped home he tried calling 911. He couldn't get through.

Seconds felt like hours, and it wasn't long before the second-grader herself called 911.

"She is a very mature little girl," said Kathy Giordano, Marilyn Cabrera's teacher.

"She is very brave, but that strong character is instilled in her by her parents."

Marilyn's voice shook but the young girl stayed focused with the dispatcher. She followed instructions, unlocked the door for firefighters and kept her little brother safe.

Fire Capt. J. Scott Greenlesh commended Marilyn for her courage as he handed her a certificate of commendation.

"This honors your bravery," Greenlesh said. "For your ability to get your mom help and your unique strength and ability to think clearly during this emergency."

As the Cabreras posed with the firefighters from Station 107, Bernardo Cabrera could not contain his pride.

"She is still really emotional about all this but we are very, very proud of her."

connie.llanos@dailynews.com

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(1 -- color) L.A. County Firefighter Scott Greenelsh, left, from Station 107 pats Fair Oaks Ranch Community School student Marilyn Cabrera on the shoulder after handing her a commendation as her parents Bernardo, center, and Sandra look on Friday during a school assembly.

(2) Fair Oaks Ranch Community School student Marilyn Cabrera gets a hug from her teacher, Kathy Giordano, after she received a commendation Friday from firefighters from Station 107 for her actions that resulted in saving her mother Sandra's life.

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