Fattah Presents Philadelphia Siblings with Courage Award

May 08, 2013, 18:14 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

The youngsters who fought off a would-be abductor.

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), presented the Courage Award to two Philadelphia children today at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) 18th Annual Congressional Recognition program.

The 10-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother received the NCMEC's Courage Award for their extraordinary bravery in the face of danger. Last summer, the children were walking along a Philadelphia street when a man suddenly came from behind, grabbed the girl and tried to drag her into his car.  She fought - kicking and yelling - until the would-be abductor, frustrated by both children's screams, let her go. Police credit the children's ultimate escape to their defensive behavior in fighting off the man.

In presenting the award, Fattah said, "Your bravery stands out today for everyone to see.  And it lets other kids know that they have a right to say no, to yell and ask for help when in danger. You're an inspiration for us all and we're very glad you're safe."

Congressman Fattah is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS) which oversees funding for the NCMEC through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Justice Department.  The work of the NCMEC reflects the Congressman's career focus to improve the life chances of children and working families.

On average, some 2,185 children go missing in America every day. 

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah