Anyone who knew 10-year-old Kiera Larsen would tell you that she was a courageous little girl. Neighbors describe her as extremely lovable, protective, and most recently, heroic. The 10-year-old, who resided in San Diego County, lost her life in late February after saving two toddlers from an SUV rolling downhill, as reported by KTLA5
According to the Independent, Kiera was outside of her Lakeside home playing with two toddlers who lived nearby. The 10-year-old became aware of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz rolling down a dirt driveway and wasted no time in springing into action. KTLA5 explains that Kiera ran towards the toddlers and pushed them out of the SUV's path only to get pinned underneath herself. 

Authorities were notified, but Kiera's injuries proved too much; she died on the way to the hospital. 


Alissa Jenkins and Jonathan Gusich, parents of the toddlers are eternally grateful for Kiera's brave sacrifice. In news footage captured by KFMB, Gusich describes Kiera as a "big sister" to his daughters who was always looking out for them. 

"She is truly a hero. She will forever be my kids’ guardian angel," Jenkins explained through tears. 


To help raise funds for Kiera's funeral, a GoFundMe page has been set up. 

For more details on Kiera's story, watch the Inside Edition news video below.