Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards
A total of 21 young Victorians aged between five and 13 have been be named Junior Triple Zero Heroes for 2021 by the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), for calling triple zero.
The young heroes are nominated by the ESTA operators who took their call. The awards, which are in their seventeenth year, recognise young people for their bravery and clear thinking in emergencies.
Due to Covid-19 limitations, the Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards won’t be presented in a formal ceremony. Instead, the young heroes have received their medal and certificate in the mail.
This year’s heroes include:
• Seven-year-old Archer, from Surrey Hills, who called triple zero when his diabetic mum fell unconscious. Archer followed the call-taker’s instructions, helped to open his mum’s airway and conducted a breathing test on her.
• Nine-year-old Alia and six-year-old Aaya, from Craigieburn, who called triple zero when their dad’s face began drooping and showing signs of a stroke. Alia and Aaya conducted a stroke test on their dad and followed the call-taker’s instructions until the ambulance arrived.
The Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Danny Pearson, said: “The 21 young Victorians recognised today have shown great bravery and often a level of maturity well beyond their years.”
“I want to congratulate all our young heroes and to thank them for being an inspiration to us all – for showing composure and clear thinking at a critical time by dialing triple zero and then working with ESTA’s dedicated call-takers to help save the life of a loved one.”
ESTA’s CEO Marty Smyth said: “The awards highlight the importance of teaching children when and how to call triple zero. These young heroes have shown that by knowing how to get the right help in an emergency, a child might save the life of a loved one.”