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Sarasota Story Is Daily Show's Moment of Zen

Child slapped mom with pizza slice to wake her up, then called 9-1-1 when that didn't work.

Local hero Rita Lawlor and WWSB Channel 7's longtime reporter Linda Carson are now a part of "The Daily Show" trivia.

A clip of Carson's story, "Life-saving awards handed out at Sarasota fire station," was featured on the Comedy Central show's "Moment of Zen" segment Thursday night, where a funny newsclip is shown. 

Cue 7-year-old Rita, who shared how she saved her mom's life:

"I called 9-1-1, but first I slapped her with a piece of pizza."

Whether it was Papa John's, Little Caesar's, Pizza Hut, Domino's or a local shop's dough, we're not sure, but it wasn't strong enough, according to the Channel 7 story:

"When that pizza didn't wake her mom, she knew she had to get help. The fire chief told the crowd she was very calm when she spoke to the 911 operator.  "They did ask where I lived and my number, and I had to tell them what kind of house and I had to stand outside on the lawn and I saw the ambulance coming."

Beyond last night's nationwide audience, the clip already has more than 1,200 views so far.

Rita's mom is reportedly doing OK. No word yet on whether the family is planning a pizza night to celebrate the claim to fame and the 7-year-old's heroics in helping Mom.

Youkalikat January 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
You have it backward, the girl called 911 and then hit her Mom with a piece of pizza.
Charles Schelle January 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
No, the girl says in the clip the called 911, but first, meaning before she called 911, she used the pizza.


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