A teenage girl in Bremerton, Washington, is being recognized after saving her 4-year-old sister from an attempted abduction.

Cheyenne Myler, 16, said the incident happened on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17, as she and her sister were leaving Bud Hawk Elementary School, KING5 reported.

A masked man in a white van pulled up and got out. He then approached the sisters, the Bremerton Police Department said.

The girls said the suspect followed them, but Myler, who plays football and is on the track team, was able to outrun the suspect.

“The only thing I saw was a guy with a ski mask and he had gloves on, and he got out, and he tried coming over to us, and I grabbed my sister, and I put her on my back and I ran home,” Myler said.

Reliving that day isn’t easy for her, but she said it should be a wake-up call to other families.

“I’m doing this to help other people, to make sure they’re safe, and to make sure their kids don’t have to go through this,” Myler said.

The van is believed to be a newer Ford with a black rack on the roof, and a black trim stripe along the bottom. The van had heavily tinted driver and passenger door windows, a witness said.

The incident is still under investigation.

Police are looking for more witnesses. Police ask people in the area to check their surveillance video systems for any clues that might help the investigation.