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ESTA's 2018 Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards

ESTA's 2018 Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards

Thirty-one Victorians named Junior Triple Zero Heroes

A total of 31 young Victorians aged between four and 13 were named Junior Triple Zero Heroes 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 fourteenth year, recognise young people for their bravery and clear thinking in emergencies.

This year’s heroes include:

  • four-year-old Charlotte who called triple zero when her mum fell and was unable to move. She explained what was happening to our operator and cared for her mother until paramedics arrived
  • 13-year-old Trinity who was out on a drive with her mum when they ended up on the edge of a collapsing road. Trinity escaped and called triple zero as the car fell 30 metres off a cliff with her mum still inside.  Trinity remained calm and provided vital details to our operator until help arrived
  • five-year-old Aoife who called triple zero when her mum collapsed and then stopped breathing. Aoife performed CPR on her mum and did a great job of caring for her mum and younger sibling until help arrived.

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 Marty Smyth said: “Teaching your children how and when to call triple zero, including knowing your home address, really can save lives. We tell parents and carers that the life a child might save could be yours”.

2018 ESTA Junior Triple Zero Heroes

  • Adam Kennedy. 11-year-old Adam, from Shepparton, called triple zero when his mum started to have diabetes complications. 
  • Aahana Chapade. Seven-year-old Aahana, from Roxburgh Park, called triple zero for her mum who was having a stroke in the carpark while waiting to pick her up from school. She stayed calm and handled the call very well. 
  • Charlotte Perry. Charlotte, from Upwey, is our youngest hero at just four years old. She called triple zero when her mum fell, injured her hip and was unable to move. She explained what was happening to our operator and cared for her mother until paramedics arrived.
  • Cooper Decker. 12-year-old Cooper, from Werribee, called triple zero for his mum who was having trouble breathing.
  • Emily Abuseaf. 13-year-old Emily, from Narre Warren South, called triple zero for her mum who was having chest pain.
  • Ethan Duggan. Eight-year-old Ethan, from Wyndham Vale, called triple zero for his mum who had a stroke.
  • Aoife Forsyth. Five-year-old Aoife, from Berwick, called triple zero when her mum collapsed and stopped breathing. She performed CPR on her mum and did a great job of caring for her younger brother until help arrived.
  • Grace Wells. 10-year-old Grace, from Spring Gully, called triple zero for her mum who was having a stroke.
  • Jake Ruzicka. 10-year-old Jake, from Lower Templestowe, called triple zero for his mum who had a numb face and thought she was having a stroke.
  • Jenna Holland.13-year-old Jenna, from Shepparton, called triple zero when she witnessed a multiple car collision.
  • Jordana Tsouras. 11-year-old Jordana, from Hadfield, called triple zero when her mum started to feel unwell.
  • Lachlan Grundy. 11-year-old Lachlan, from Port Melbourne, called triple zero when he found a man unconscious in a skate park as he had crashed his bicycle into a power pole.
  • Lawrence Brennock. Eight-year-old Lawrence, from Rosedale in Gippsland, called triple zero when he saw someone who was choking on a hamburger and couldn’t breathe. He explained what was happening to our operator to get the right help
  • Lilly Perry. 13-year-old Lilly, from Narre Warren South, called triple zero when her mum passed out.
  • Mateusz Sztormowski. Nine-year-old Mateusz or Mati, from Reservoir, called triple zero when his dad had chest pain.
  • Michelle and Jade Woang. 12-year-old Michelle and 11-year-old Jade, from Blackburn South, called triple zero when their grandfather had an infection.
  • Nadia Alsaadi . Nine-year-old Nadia, from Kings Park, called triple zero when mum was unwell.
  • Hayley Warner. 10-year-old Haley called triple zero when her grandmother had a seizure.
  • Jaxon. 12-year-old Jaxon, from Mornington, called triple zero when his dad had complications from diabetes.
  • Tyler Wilde. Nine-year-old Tyler, from Ararat, called triple zero when his grandmother fell over.
  • Peta-Grace Bahrami. Nine-year-old Peta Grace, from Bentleigh East, called triple zero for her mum who collapsed. 
  • Ryobi Hindle. 12-year-old Ryobi, from Redan near Ballarat,  called triple zero when his mum had an asthma attack.
  • Sam Clift. 10-year-old Sam, from Traralgon, called triple zero when his mum hit her head and was knocked unconscious.
  • Sashini Kandamulla. 12-year-old Sashini, from Cranbourne West, called triple zero when her mum had kidney problems.
  • Sharon Zhang. 11-year-old Sharon, from Mernda, called triple zero when her brother started having a febrile convulsion.
  • Trinity Bennett. 13-year-old Trinity, from Bundoora, was on a drive with her mum when they did a U-turn on the side of the road (soft shoulder) which started to collapse. Trinity managed to escape and call triple zero as the car fell 30 metres off a cliff with her mum still inside. She remained calm and was able to provide excellent details to our operator until help arrived.
  • Kiera Hardege and Kushi Patel. 11-year-old Kushi and 12 year-old Kiera called triple zero when they were out walking their dog and heard a smoke alarm sounding at a nearby house and saw smoke.
  • Michael Moore. 13-year-old Michael, from Attwood, was riding his bike with a friend when they discovered a dead body and phoned triple zero.