Stepson in Brent Burke double murder case honored with 911 Hero Award
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time were hearing from the little boy who hid in a closet for nine hours and called 911 after his stepfather murdered his mom and grandmother. Eight years later that little boy is all grown up and receiving a great honor.
A well-spoken, sharply dressed 17-teen-year old stood on stage in front of a room full of Kentucky emergency responders. He has just received the first statewide 911 Hero Award at the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference.
“I don't think I deserve this,” said Matthew Pete. “I don't think I did something courageous enough to deserve this.”
On Sept. 11, 2007 Matthew Pete made a chilling call to 911 after hiding in a closet for hours with his two younger siblings. He was only nine-years-old at the time.
Pete: I was afraid to call, they shot the only two people here which was my grandma and my mom.
Operator: Where are they at right now?
Pete: They’re in my house. There's blood splattered everywhere.
After four mistrials, his stepfather Brent Burke was convicted of killing his estranged wife Tracy Burke and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer in Rineyville.
Jodi Shacklette, a KSP Dispatcher took the emergency call.
“He was very articulate. He answered every question that I asked probably with better information than most adults can give me,” said Shacklette.
Kim Lewis was also monitoring that call. She is the one who nominated the young man for the award.
“When you've got a small child reporting the type of incident that he reported -- you don’t forget that,” said Lewis.
Both Shacklette and Lewis met Pete for the first time in person on Thursday night. Although he might not think he deserves the award, there are so many who believe his actions were beyond courageous.
“I want him to know what a hero he really is and how many people's lives that he touched,” said Shacklette.
But Pete just wants his angels to know how grateful he is to them.
“I can't say thank you enough to them. They helped me and I am very honored to be in their presence,” said Pete.
Matthew Pete is now living in California with his family and is a high school senior. He's thinking about majoring in engineering or law enforcement. He says he wants to give back to those who helped him.
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