As I walked into work, it seemed like it was going to be a normal summer evening around the ECC. I had been a Communications Officer for just over a year and still anticipated those “big” calls. I decided to start answering telephone calls a few minutes before my shift started, since there were several incoming calls. When I answered my first call, I could only hear crying and shrieking from several young children. A distraught female began telling me that she thought her father was having a heart attack. I automatically asked her if he was breathing. She said that his breathing was fast and labored. Then, she told me he had stopped breathing. She was only 15 years old, but I insisted that I could instruct her to do CPR, if she was willing to do so. We started CPR and I counted compressions with her. As she told me his eyes and lips were turning blue, I reassured her that help was coming and I was right there with her. She did amazing chest compressions until the paramedics arrived and confirmed that her father was in cardiac arrest.
She is a hero, because she saved his life by having no fear. I just witnessed it.