Emma Binegar: Life Saver

Written by David Green.

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Nine-year-old Emma Binegar didn’t have time to think it over.


She saw a car approaching fast, she saw the little boy starting to cross the street.
Emma quickly stepped into the street herself, grabbed the youngster’s backpack and pulled him out of the way.


“He had a handle on the back of his backpack and I pulled him back,” she said.


The incident occurred in January when she was serving on the Safety Patrol at the three-way stop near Morenci’s board of education office.


The driver of one car stopped at the intersection motioned for the young student to cross the street, but a driver at the other side was apparently unaware of that. The second driver stopped at the sign, then drove on through the intersection where the child had left the curb.


Morenci resident Mike Mossing witnessed the incident and was so impressed with Emma’s quick reaction that he wanted her to be honored somehow.


He learned that AAA, the organization overseeing the national Safety Patrol program, has just the thing. Mike’s letter had to be accompanied by a report from the elementary school detailing Emma’s grades and activities. In addition, she was required to write a 500-word essay about the value of the Safety Patrol.


The Michigan branch of AAA chose Emma as their Safety Patroler of the Year and nominated her to be a recipient of AAA’s Life Saving Award.The nomination comes with airfare, lodging and two days of sightseeing in Washington, D.C., for Emma and her parents, John and Beth Binegar—all courtesy of AAA. On April 24, the final day of AAA’s annual conference, Emma will find out if she’s one of the state winners chosen for the national award.


Although most days on the curb are uneventful for a Safety Patrol member, Emma had the opportunity to show the potential value of the organization. She made a quick decision and now she can enjoy the reward.

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