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ESTA Junior Triple Zero Hero Award 2017 winners

ESTA Junior Triple Zero Hero Award 2017 winners

A total of 51 young Victorians aged between five and 16 were named ESTA Junior Triple Zero Heroes on Tuesday 30 May for calls they made to triple zero.

The winners and their families, as well as the ESTA operators who nominated the children, were among more than 200 people at the thirteenth annual awards at the Windsor Hotel.

This year’s heroes included:

  • 15-year-old Emily who called triple zero when a fire started in her oven at home while she was alone; she explained what was happening to our operator and made sure her pets were safe
  • Five-year-old India who was taught at kindergarten how to call triple zero. India called to help her mum when her one-year-old brother swallowed a five cent coin and was choking and had trouble breathing
  • Seven-year-old Jamie who called triple zero after his mum had a seizure and was unconscious. He cared for his mother and younger sister until paramedics arrived.

Presenting the awards, the Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, said: “ESTA’s triple zero operators work under pressure to help Victorians in need, responding to nearly 7000 calls a day.

“Victoria’s brave Junior Triple Zero Heroes remained remarkably cool, calm and collected and are shining examples of how preparing children for an emergency can save lives.”

ESTA's CEO (Acting), Ben Piper, said: ``These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the young people in our community who have set an extraordinary example of how to use triple zero in an emergency. I am incredibly proud to be part of today’s ceremony and to recognise the brave efforts of these wonderful young people. I am also proud to lead such an extraordinary organisation and I would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful operators – who are deeply committed to the community they serve and are among the most dedicated and highly skilled in their field.''