KINGSTON — Usually the more minor the accident, the more upset people are, said Doug Baier, a firefighter and emergency medical technician from the Bremerton Fire Department. But for 7-year-old Troiahna Williams, it was completely the opposite.
BFD recognized the young Kingston resident on Monday at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue station on Miller Bay Road for her cool and collected manner after she, her 2-year-old sister and mother were in a car accident in Bremerton late last month.
The girls’ mother, Kjersty Williams, and Baier said the family’s van had just crossed the intersection of Wheaton Way and Riddell Road when it was hit from the side by another car.
The family’s van spun one and half times, then was hit by another vehicle, which sent the Williams’ van somersaulting twice before its back bumper landed on the hood of a truck.
Baier said when he and his crews arrived, they were wondering why all the kids in the car weren’t crying and screaming — like they would expect after such an accident.
Troiahna was the glue that held everyone together.
“I wanted to stay calm so everyone would stay calm,” Troiahna said, noting she wanted to keep her 2-year-old sister Alexis at ease.
Williams said Troiahna told her father that night, “When the car flipped upside down, I looked over at Lexie and I just grabbed her little hand.”
Baier said Troiahna also helped out during the ride to the hospital.
“We asked her to go along with us (in the ambulance) because she was integral in calming everyone and she was just amazing,” Baier said.
The accident wasn’t traumatic, Baier said, but Troiahna’s behavior was atypical in this situation.
Baier added that he has been to accident scenes where adults had much less composure.
“I just really thought your family was exemplary,” Baier told the family.