The family of Olivia Lopez, 6, of Kenosha last wekend celebrated her recent heroics on Lilly Lake.
Here is how Olivia’s grandmother, Patti Robinson of Wilmot, tells the story:
We were at the beach with no other people present other than the ones in our group. A mother and her little daughter who appeared to be around 2-3 years olds arrived. Mom quickly put down the beach blanket and sat down. Her daughter ran to the water, mom started yelling for her to come back and not go out so far. The daughter was not listening. My granddaughter, Olivia and several other children who were older, were playing near the end of the pier. I was on the other side of the pier. The little girl kept going deeper and deeper until she couldn’t touch anymore. Everyone just stood and watched, including myself, but my grand daughter instinctively swam in and lifted the girl up. Holding her upon her hip, while the mother got up, then ran out to get her. When I asked Olivia why she went so quick she said “she was going to drown, and I knew I could help her.” When I asked the older children why they didn’t help they responded, “It was like a movie and we were just watching Olivia.” Hometown Heroes are made in split second decisions. I am proud to have a grand daughter who has the sense to stay aware of her surroundings even while she is splashing and having fun!
Last Saturday, in honor of Olivia, the family gathered for a ‘Hero’ celebration to recognize her quick thinking. They dined on a 4 ft. Hero sandwich and presented a ‘Hero Award’ to Olivia from Mom & Dad, Grandma & Grandpa, and her siblings letting her know how proud they are of her.