DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Police honored a 7-year-old girl in front of her entire school Friday for her lifesaving actions.
Hamilton County Commissioners say the Hamilton County Communications Center 911 Hero Program honored Alyssa Ward, of Delhi Township, with their award.
Officials say that on April 4, then-6-year-old Alyssa Ward, who turned 7 on May 6, called 911 to report that her mother was not breathing.
“I went into an episode where I couldn’t breathe, it was really hard to get air in and out. Without hesitation, my daughter Alyssa grabbed my phone and called 911," mother Jennifer Ward said. “We tell her all the time, you’re a hero now.”
They say Communications Officer Victoria Jenkins immediately dispatched Delhi Township EMS to Alyssa’s home while staying in communication with Alyssa.
Alyssa stayed calm while answering the dispatcher’s questions, the board of commissioners says, and she followed the instructions given to her by Jenkins.
Officials say that Alyssa’s actions helped save her mother’s life during a situation that had the potential to turn tragic.
They say that Alyssa’s 911 call reinforces the important role children play when using 911 in emergency’s situations and her actions and performance that day warrant their highest recognition.
Alyssa was presented the award at Delshire Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Friday.