Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards
Twelve young Victorians, aged between eight and 13, were named Junior Triple Zero Heroes by the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), for calling triple zero.
The young heroes, who were nominated by the ESTA operators who took their call, were congratulated for their bravery and clear thinking in emergencies.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is the first time in 15 years that the Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards weren't announced in a formal ceremony. The young heroes have received their medals and certificate in the mail.
This year’s heroes include:
• Nine-year-old Evelyn, who called triple zero when her mum had an anaphylactic reaction while driving along the freeway. Evelyn gave the ESTA call-taker her location, conducted a breathing test on her mum and followed the call-taker’s instructions until the ambulance arrived.
• 13-year-old Jake, who called triple zero when his mum had a seizure. Jake followed the call-taker’s instructions and conducted a breathing test on his mum, all while looking after his younger siblings.
The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, said: "These young Victorians have shown incredible courage during emergencies - which have often involved their loved ones.
"Being able to play such a critical role in helping to save the lives of others, in the most stressful of times, is nothing short of inspirational, and I congratulate all our young heroes today."
ESTA's CEO Marty Smyth said: "Teaching children when and how to call triple zero, including knowing their home address can save lives. We tell parents and carers that the life a child might save could be yours."