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Road work flagger recognized as a hero after helping three abandoned children

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Kelley Stickelmeyer shows off her plaque, congratulating her for actions above and beyond Kelley Stickelmeyer shows off her plaque, congratulating her for actions above and beyond

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- A Spokane woman is being called a hero after the Spokane County Sheriff's office says she saved three children who were abandoned by their mother.

Kelley Stickelmeyer is a flagger for the Spokane County Roads Department. Last month she says she was "prepping some patches to put down asphalt," in the Highland Estates in Spokane Valley. Shortly after the job started, Stickelmeyer says she noticed two little girls crying on the porch of a home nearby.

Stickelmeyer says walking up to the home was a scary moment, but when she got there she found those two little girls, plus a one-year-old girl inside. After checking around, she found there were no adults in or around the home.

Stickelmeyer called 911 and is glad she did saying, "I think we need to look out for our children, especially if your gut is telling you something is wrong. You may embarrass yourself, but those little girls were precious." While waiting for deputies to arrive Stickelmeyer changed diapers and gave the three girls, ages 1,3, and 5, a meal. She says the oldest girl said her mother was home the night before, but gone when they woke up.

The Sheriff's office says Stickelmeyer's actions that day may have saved these kids' lives, and on Tuesday Spokane County Commissioners made their gratitude official. They presented her with a plaque and thanked her for her actions that morning. Stickelmeyer, a mother herself, says, "I hope that if anything were ever to happen that someone would take care of her the same way."

The mother of the three abandoned children, a 28-year-old woman, was arrested on September 5 and charged with three counts of child abandonment. She was being held in the Spokane County Jail on $15,000 bond, $5,000 for each child. Right now it's not clear why she left her three daughters home alone.

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