The young girl was praised by police for her quick thinking in a dangerous scenario…

You can never be too prepared.

A young girl who was walking with her friend before being approached by a stranger executed a family strategy perfectly and it may well have saved them both from getting abducted.

According to Good Morning America, Maddison Raines — who was 10 years old at the time — said a man shielded his face and approached the two young girls in a park and claimed that her brother had “been in a serious accident.”

The man then allegedly told the girls he had been instructed to pick up the two girls and asked them to get in his car.

But Maddison was prepared.

She immediately asked him what the family’s code word was.

When the strange didn’t know the answer to young Maddison’s question, he blanked and drove off.

“He just kind of froze his face. And drove off. I was scared because if I would’ve hopped in, I didn’t know what he would do to me.”

– Fifth-grader Maddison Raines, to Good Morning America

The Family’s Code Word and How They Prepared For Potential Danger

Maddison and her family — the Raines — had previously agreed on having a “code word” that only the Arizona-based family knew.

The code word was used to verify information from family members in any event.

Or in this case, a potentially disastrous scenario.

Thankfully, Maddison remembered the plan her family had come up with and bravely questioned the stranger about what it was.

“He just kind of froze, his face. And drove off,” the fifth-grader told GMA, adding, “I was scared because if I would’ve hopped in, I didn’t know what he would do to me.”

Stranger Danger

Maddison says her parents had previously told her about potential danger from strangers.

Maddison’s mom, Brenda James, wants other kids to know it’s okay to ask that question and that not everyone is your friend.

“I think kids respond more to kids than they do adults. And they can understand they can be brave and smart and run. So, I thought she could reach more families out there.”

Brenda James to Good Morning America

Keeping kids safe

Brenda says she had gotten too comfortable with the school and the park being just up the street. She had bought her daughter a cell phone but wonders where her Maddison would be if they had not built in that extra layer of protection.

This is a scary reminder of how important it is to teach kids techniques to help them stay safe.  

Good fortune is the result of preparation.

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