Leslie Fiet becomes a national hero
by Lexie Banks (’12, MACL ’15)
Going to work on February 4, 2015, Leslie Fiet (’96, MPC ’00) did not expect to be thrust into the national spotlight. Leslie is the owner of Mini’s Cupcakes in Salt Lake City and a two-time Westminster alumna. You may know her as the woman who saved Bella, a three-year-old girl, after Utah’s first statewide Amber Alert was broadcast through cellular phones.
After receiving the alert, Leslie said she recognized the description of the car, which had been parked outside her Salt Lake City business at 14 East 800 South for about an hour. She found the missing girl in the back seat.
Leslie brought the girl inside, locked the doors to the shop, and called 911. The girl was distressed, so Leslie read her a book until her family arrived about 45 minutes later.
For her heroism that day, Leslie has been recognized in newspapers and news broadcasts nationally, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Rachel Ray Show. She was awarded the Rachael Runyon Award by Salt Lake City, an award given to community members who have helped in Amber Alert cases.
Leslie had another sweet surprise: an influx of customers, flowers, and cards thanking
her for her contribution in finding Bella. The day following the Amber Alert, Leslie
had a line out the door for hours and stayed open well past her 6 p.m. closing time
to serve everyone. She even had friends take the day off to help her run the store.
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