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Boy recognized as a hero for actions during a crisis


Last updated 7/31/2022 at 3:19pm

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

From left, 911 Dispatcher Jocelyn Darbyshire, Lacey Nixon, Jackson Nixon, and Chief Clif Northam of the Administrative Management Bureau of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, gather for 12-year-old Jackson's 911 Hero Award ceremony at Fountain Fire Station No. 1 on July 21. Jackson was honored for bravery in a harrowing ordeal.

The quick actions and calm thinking of Jackson Nixon, 12, helped save his and his mother's life when the accelerator in the car she was driving stuck, keeping the car moving between 65 to 75 mph on southbound I-25 in Fountain.

The frightening incident happened on June 9.

Jocelyn Darbyshire, a 9-1-1 dispatcher, received a call from Jackson shortly before their car passed Mesa Ridge Parkway as they were traveling southbound. She said she was on the phone with Jackson for seven minutes and the car traveled over 4 miles down I-25 before the harrowing ordeal ended.

Darbyshire worked with Jackso...

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