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ESTA's 2019 Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards

ESTA's 2019 Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards

Twenty-eight Victorians named Junior Triple Zero Heroes

A total of 28 young Victorians aged between three and 16 were named Junior Triple Zero Heroes by the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), for calling triple zero.

The young heroes were nominated by the ESTA operators who took their call. The awards, which are in their fifteenth year, recognise young people for their bravery and clear thinking in emergencies.

This year’s heroes include:
•    Five-year-old Monte and seven-year-old Casper who called triple zero when their dad collapsed and started having seizures. The brothers relayed critical health information to the call-taker and worked together to turn their dad on his side when the seizures stopped.

•    11-year-old Chamaya who called triple zero when her mother started to choke on a bone while they were eating dinner. Chamaya calmly answered the call-taker’s instructions and monitored her mum’s breathing until the ambulance arrived.

•    12-year-old Kade who called when his dad crashed his motorbike into a tree. Kade showed maturity beyond his years by calmly relaying his longitude and latitude to the call-taker to pinpoint their location and caring for his dad until help arrived.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, said: “The bravery and courage these young Victorians show during emergencies, often involving their loved ones, is truly inspirational and I congratulate them on their outstanding efforts.”

“More than 2.5 million emergency calls are made to ESTA through the Triple Zero service every year, but the actions of these brave young Victorians in situations that would unsettle most adults deserves our recognition and praise.”

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”.

Meet our 2019 Junior Triple Zero Heroes 

•    Anthony Gatzonis
10-year-old Anthony, from Rowville, called triple zero when his mum was showing stroke-like symptoms. Anthony stayed calm, followed the call-taker’s instructions to perform a stroke test on his mum and relayed the information back to the call-taker.
•    Asad Khan 
10-year-old Asad, from Dandenong, called triple zero when his mum became unconscious. Asad followed the call-taker’s instructions and conducted a breathing test on his mum, all while looking after his younger siblings.
•    Chamaya Yaparatha 
11-year-old Chamaya, from Clyde North, called triple zero when her mother started to choke while they were eating dinner. Chamaya answered the call-taker’s instructions, told her sister to unlock the front door and turn on the lights and monitored her mum’s breathing until the ambulance arrived.
•    Danae Martin 
16-year-old Danae, from Horsham, called triple zero when her mum fell off their second-storey balcony. Danae followed the call-taker’s instructions to help control the bleeding from her mum’s leg and head until the ambulance arrived. 
•    Dion Dulovic 
11-year-old Dion, from Officer, called triple zero when his younger sister was scalded by hot water. Dion provided critical information to the call-taker and cared for his sister until the ambulance arrived. 
•    Emily Liu 
10-year-old Emily, from Bentleigh, called triple zero when her 11-year-old friend fell off play equipment at the park and hurt her arm and head. Emily calmly explained what was happening to the call-taker to get the right help. 
•    Hayley Martin
Eight-year-old Hayley, from Craigieburn, called triple zero when her mum said there was something wrong with her heart. Hayley showed maturity beyond her years by answering the call-taker’s instructions calmly and clearly to get the right help for her mum.
•    Hilal Mohamad
Hilal, from Meadow Heights, called for his mother Rima who had an epileptic fit while pregnant.
•    Jasper Roda  
10-year-old Jasper, from Tresco West near Swan Hill, called triple zero when his home’s porch and roof was on fire. Jasper answered the call-taker’s instructions and handled the call very well.
•    Jessica Church 
10-year-old Jessica, from Moo-roop-na, called triple zero when her mum had difficulty breathing and was having sharp pains in her chest. Jessica monitored her mum’s condition and kept the call-taker updated until the ambulance arrived.
•    Jorden D’urso
Nine-year-old Jorden, also from Moo-roop-na, called triple zero when his mum had difficulty speaking between breaths and had chest pain. He stayed calm and explained exactly what was happening to the call-taker.
•    Kade Anderson 
12-year-old Kade, from New Gisborne, called triple zero when his dad crashed his motorbike into a tree. Kade relayed his longitude and latitude coordinates to the call-taker to pinpoint their location. Kade showed maturity beyond his years by remaining extremely calm and reassuring and caring for his dad until help arrived.
•    Kate Clark 
Nine-year-old Kate, from Moo-rool-bark, called triple zero when her mum was having a diabetic episode. Kate remained calm and answered the call-taker’s questions to get her mum the right help.
•    Klayton Jamieson 
11-year-old Klayton, from Ballarat East, called triple zero when his three-year-old brother started to have seizures. Klayton answered the call-taker’s instructions calmly, clearly and accurately.
•    Monte and Casper Phipps
Kew East brothers, five-year-old Monte and seven-year-old Casper, called triple zero when their dad collapsed and started having seizures. The brothers relayed critical health information to the call-taker and worked together to turn their dad on his side when the seizures stopped.
•    Nash Branchflower 
Nash, from St Albans Park in Geelong, is our youngest hero at just three-years-old. Nash used his mum’s phone to call triple zero when she was unresponsive. Nash told the call-taker that his mum was sick and that she needed an ambulance.
•    Phin FIN and Samuel McClure 
9-year-old Samuel and 12-year-old Phin, from Hamilton, called triple zero when their mum started to feel unwell. The brothers followed the call-taker’s instructions by performing a stroke test on their mum and relayed the information back to the call-taker. The two brothers remained calm and cared for their mother until help arrived.
•    Phoenix Pool 
Eight-year-old Phoenix, from Warragul, called triple zero when he realised his dad wasn’t able to speak properly and was not acting like his usual self. Due to Phoenix’s quick thinking to call triple zero and relaying critical health information to the call-taker, he helped save his dad’s life.
•    Roxy and Lexy Jorgensen-Neave
Heathcote twins, 12-year-old Roxy and Lexy, called triple zero when their dad suddenly developed shortness of breath. The twins provided critical details to the call-taker as to where they were located on their property and helped care for their dad until the ambulance arrived.
•    Rylee Thomson 
Eight-year-old Rylee, from Montrose, called triple zero when his mum suddenly had difficulty breathing. Rylee showed maturity beyond his years and answered the call-taker’s questions to get his mum the right help.
•    Safira Taylor 
Nine-year-old Safira, from South Melbourne, called triple zero when her mum became unresponsive. Safira remained extremely calm, followed the call-taker’s instructions to conduct a breathing test on her mum and continued to monitor her breathing until the ambulance arrived.
•    Saskia Green 
13-year-old Saskia, from Caulfield North, called triple zero when her mum was having severe abdominal pain. Saskia calmly and clearly answered the call-taker’s questions and looked after her mum and younger sister until help arrived.
•    Sharnie Taylor 
12-year-old Sharnie, from Doreen, spoke to triple zero when her mum became unresponsive. She remained calm and monitored her mum’s breathing until the ambulance arrived.
•    Suraiya Siddiquee
13-year-old Suraiya, from Fawkner, called triple zero when her mum suddenly had severe pressure in her head and loss of coordination. Suraiya answered the call-taker’s questions calmly and clearly.
•    Victoria Budhi-Darma
Our final recipient, 12-year-old Victoria, from Richmond, called triple zero when her sister was having severe abdominal pain. She cared for both her mum and her sister until the ambulance arrived.