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Dillon Earl is grandma's favorite -- because the eight-year-old drove to safety after she had a seizure

Fruita's Dillon Earl may only be eight years old, but he's already got a story he'll be telling the rest of his life.

As Grand Junction's KKCO-TV reports, Dillon was traveling on I-70 with his grandmother, Lisa DeKruger, on the way to church yesterday morning. Then, DeKruger suffered a seizure -- at about seventy miles an hour.

No problem. According to Dillon, "I reached over and then I was steering the wheel and then when I got to the side of the road, I put on the brakes." Other motorists stopped to help and called 911.

Today, DeKruger's fine -- and Dillon's better than that.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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