TODAY | June 26, 2012
>> remain calm if you were home and someone broke into your home? that happened to a 13-year-old girl in florida who grabbed her younger brother , hid in the closet and dialed 911. mark potter in fort laud, florida with details on this story. good morning.
>> reporter: it came into 911 where a dispatcher helped the 13-year-old girl who she would later call a hero. home alone in pompano beach , 13-year-old alexis and her 10-year-old darren saw some older boys trying to break into their house.
>> i could see their shadows through this curtain but i couldn't picture their face. so i get freaked out and run towards my room with my brother.
>> reporter: in the bedroom they locked the door and got in the closet.
>> we got here and stood here and i immediately closed the door.
>> reporter: from there alexis called 911.
>> 911, what is your emergency?
>> me and my brother are home alone an these two guys are in our backyard trying to get in.
>> reporter: the dispatcher could hear the fear when alexis described the burglars were in the house.
>> she did a great, great job, remained calm, when most people, kids and adults, would be hysterical.
>> reporter: with sheriff's deputies racing to the scene alexis whispered how close they were.
>> they are in my brother's room which is right next door.
>> please come right now.
>> okay, alexis , trust me. the police are on the way.
>> reporter: when the deputies arrived they arrested three teenager boys hiding in another closet.
>> we were safe because when a cop comes around you're safe around them.
>> you can hang up the phone, okay alexis ?
>> okay, all right. good job.
>> reporter: the sheriff gave alexis and darren excellence awards for their bravery. her mom was proud.
>> it's hard listening to the tape, the 911 call. they really did a good job.
>> reporter: their case is similar to another one in hollywood, florida where 11-year-old luis gutierrez , also home alone , hid in his room and told a 911 operator he heard burglars in his house.
>> he says he hears him. that's what he said. i don't know if it's real or not.
>> it's real! it's real!
>> reporter: waiting for police luis became more afraid.
>> are the cops here yet?
>> be quite, okay? talk very softly, all right?
>> reporter: now, that story also had a good ending, the police arrived. they arrested three more teenager boys there. young luis was found to be safe and now he, too, is being called a 911 hero. ann.
>> all right. mark potter , thank you so much for those stories.