Ethel Burke students and School Safety Patrollers, Audrina Kelly and Aria King, were honored by the Bellmawr Board of Education, Bellmawr Police Department and AAA during the recent BOE meeting. Audrina and Aria are pictured with School Superintendent, Danielle Sochor, Bellmawr Patrolman Mark Deberardinis, AAA South Jersey CEO David Antrilli, Sgt. Keith Williams, E.M. Burke Principal Matthew Maguire (SJO Photo)
In early October, school safety patroller Audrina Kelly was injured in a hit-and-run outside of Ethel M. Burke Elementary School while doing her duty to keep her classmates safe.
Audrina credits her fellow patroller, 9-year-old Aria King, with saving her life by yelling to get her attention so she was able to avoid being hit head-on by the oncoming truck.
For their bravery as AAA School Safety Patrollers, Audrina and Aria were honored by AAA South Jersey at the November 15, 2022 Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) meeting with a gift basket consisting of school safety patrol gear and a surprise check for $1,500.
The Bellmawr Police Department also presented Audrina and Aria with a care package.
This spring, both will be considered for the national AAA School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Award, the highest honor given to patrol members.
This story garnered extensive local media coverage at the time of the incident. AAA South Jersey invites you to attend as the girls are honored for their bravery and commitment to keeping their classmates safe.