Lakeside girl who died saving friends honored

Posted at 6:50 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 21:55:07-04

The state of California is honoring a young hero; Kiera Larsen.

Kiera's grandfather, Preben Larsen, gets emotional as he reads the memorial resolution. "It makes me cry, just thinking about it and looking at it."

It brings back that day in February when 10-year-old Kiera was killed in the driveway of her home in Lakeside.

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"Brings back a lot of bad memories but some good ones, too. There's so many good ones, thousands of good memories, compared to a few after this happened."

Kiera was playing with two smaller neighbor children when a Mercedes SUV slipped out of parking gear and began rolling downhill. She pushed Addison and Emmah out of the way, sacrificing her own life.

The state of California has recognized Kiera as a true hero and a "guardian angel", while her family created a memorial. "A stone; her name engraved on it with some butterflies. It's a nice big piece of granite and we're planting flowers that attract butterflies around it."

The stone is inscribed: Angel in Heaven, Hero on Earth Always in Our Hearts.      

"We all miss that girl. I talk to her every day. I look up in the sky and talk to God and talk to her."

Kiera's friends and classmates remember a spirited and caring little girl; smart and athletic; deeply loved.

The upcoming Blossom Valley Elementary School yearbook will have a dedication page for Kiera.