A valley woman and her granddaughter were honored Tuesday for helping to save each others' lives after they came under attack from bees.
40 people die in the U.S. every year from those kinds of attacks from bee stings, and Betty Gerard might have been listed among those fatalities had her 4-year-old granddaughter not stepped in and saved her life.
There's no doubt little Whitney Chrisman is shy -- she doesn't say a lot, at least not in public, but her mom says she kind of likes all of this "hero" talk even if she's labeled herself just "helper."
"She does like to watch herself on TV," laughs Whitney's mom Cindy Chrisman.
Six weeks ago, Whitney's grandma Betty Gerard was attacked outside her home by a swarm of Africanized bees -- in her effort to protect little Whitney, she was stung hundreds of times.
Whitney called authorities using her grandma's life alert device -- which probably saved her life.
Cindy Chrisman told us she's taught all of her kids to use the system and to make sure they talk to adults when something's wrong.
"We've had to use it before. This wasn't the first time, we're just glad that everything, all the pieces fell together and that grandma went and got help," says Chrisman.
Today both Grandma and her little Whitney were given the title of "Glendale Heroes" by the Glendale Fire Department, and each received special recognition for their life-saving efforts. And that's no easy task for someone so young.
"The fact that Whitney is only 4 years old makes her actions even more valiant," says Glendale Fire PIO Michael Young.
"She talked and told the lady that they needed help and that there were bees and the bees were getting Grandma and I'm very proud of her," says Chrisman.
Betty is still on the mend and getting better.
The Africanized bee population is a big danger to the public because they are more aggressive than other bees.
If one stings you that's a signal to other bees to do the same -- if you are stung, get inside and get help immediately.
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