Jordan's adventure began when she and her mother, Jennifer, traveled from their hometown, Clinton, on Monday to get something to eat on Main Street in this southern Connecticut community.
Jordan, an eighth-grader, saw a man pushed to the ground by a much larger man after a minor traffic accident.
Jordan ran to help the man, who was on the ground, and his wife, who also was pushed and kicked in the face by the 19-year-old assailant, police said.
Police described the attacker as "very large" and with a mental illness
When the couple exited the car, police said, the younger man began assaulting the couple. Police said those in attendance who were assaulted, including the elderly couple and another woman who was injured, tried to escape to a nearby doctor's office.
As Jennifer Ledyard dialed 911, the man allegedly charged at her. That's when Jordan sprang into action, her mother said.
"She took her whole body and whipped it around to become a shield for me, and that's when she was punched in the face," Jennifer Ledyard said Thursday at police
Police Capt. Geoffrey Morgan said the alleged assailant had asked his mother for ice cream, and the incident occurred while she was getting him a milk shake.
By the time police arrived, the alleged victims were in a nearby doctor's office. Morgan said the 19-year-old was together with his mom and cooperated with police.
Jordan's actions weren't surprising to her mother or the rest of their family.
"Jordan essentially has always been a real go getter. ... When she jumped in front of me, I was hoping she wouldn't do it, but did it surprise me? No," Jennifer Ledyard said.
Had her mouth not been fitted with braces, the impact of the punch to the left side of her mouth might not have hurt so much, but Jordan was left with a headache and soreness for days.
Though she took a punch for her mother, she wasn't permitted to miss school the next day, as she had to take the Connecticut Mastery Test.
Jordan walked into school Tuesday to a round of applause, quickly walking back out because the applause was "too much attention" she said.
Police brought Jordan to the Police Department Thursday to commend her for her efforts.
Asked what she was thinking when she ran to help, the girl said "I don't know." She just knew she had to help.
Police Chief Kevin Halloran commended the actions of everyone who tried to help, especially Jordan.
"I know that I, along with all of the officers that responded, are astonished by the gallant act of bravery that Jordan exhibited, putting herself in harm's way of someone who is at least three times her size, to assist others during this crisis, is truly a noble act," Halloran said.
Morgan said the man's size would have intimidated most people, including adults.
"Unfortunately, this man, he certainly had some illnesses, but he's very, very big easily three to four times (her size). In most cases, I think there would have been adults that would have shied away and tried not to engage," Morgan said.
"What she did certainly draws to a little bit of that fight or flight (instinct). She was certainly in there for the fight," Morgan added later.
Would she do it again?
"Yes," she answered.