13-Year-Old Escapes Death – To Meet Men Who Saved Her Life Nearly 36 Years Later

| News | August 9, 2018

On December 12, 1982 at approximately 1:30 p.m., tragedy struck. The day before her 13th birthday, a speeding car hit Christine Hermann as she and other neighborhood children were playing.

The fire department was called, and the crew on the A-shift that day responded to find her lying in the middle of the street, unresponsive due to a head injury. They were just doing their jobs, but Christine is here today because of them.

After nearly 36 years and hours of tireless searching, Christine located the heroes who answered that call and saved her life that day.

At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, at Fire Station 107 at 18239 W. SoledadCanyon Road in Canyon Country, Christine will meet these five men for the first time. Because of the help and tireless dedication of Maria Grycan LACOFD Division III Community Services Liaison, Christine will be able to thank these men in person, something she has wanted to do since she began writing her memoir, “Because It Didn’t Kill Me,” in which she tells the story of this near-fatal accident that forever changed her life.

“As I went through the process of writing my story, I reflected on all the people who had anything to do with the events of that day, as well as with my recovery and realized that the only people who had not been acknowledged were the men who came to my rescue that day,” Hermann said. “Although the book has been published, the story was incomplete. Meeting these men and being able to thank them in person wraps up this story and allows me to finally turn the last page on that chapter of my life.”


For any further information, please contact Maria Grycan, Media Relations liaison with LACOFD at 661-250-2710, Maria.Grycan@lacounty.gov

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