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Canberra firefighters thanked nearly 20 years after saving toddler hit by mother's car

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By Toby Vue
Updated June 9 2021 - 6:35am, first published June 8 2021 - 7:00pm
First responders Justin Morrison and Joe Box with Jewel East, 17 years after they rescued her after her mother, Elissa East, accidentally drove her car into their house. Picture: Elesa Kurtz. Inset, Jewel after the accident.

Nearly two decades after Canberra teenager Jewel East was injured after her mother accidentally drove a car into their home, the family has thanked the first responders whose life-saving skills meant Jewel, a toddler at the time, could continue telling her story today.

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Toby Vue

Court reporter

Toby Vue joined The Canberra Times in April 2021 and is a court reporter after covering the round in NSW and Queensland. He has also reported on regional and rural affairs, local government and sport. He was a Sunday Canberra Times reporter. Email: t.vue@canberratimes.com.au.