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Quick-Thinking Pint-Sized Hero

When emergencies arise, some people panic and are unable to make immediate decisions to get fast help. Thanks to recall, 8-year-old David Chavez, remembered the lessons about 911 from his kindergarten days, two years ago, with Ms.

Danielle Aniano at J. Fred Sparke Elementary School. Chavez said he credits Aniano for teaching him about 911 and how to use it in an emergency. Chavez saved his grandfather’s life with some quick thinking and taking control of a critical situation. 


Recently, while being cared for his grandfather, Franco Morales, Chavez said he noticed something slightly different about grandfather’s behavior, but not enough to know that it was a result of diabetes and his blood sugar plummeting. His grandfather passed out and fell. 


Chavez said he doesn’t ever remember this happening to his grandfather before. Chavez said that he knew his grandfather had diabetes, but that he always seemed to have it under control. 


He started slapping his grandfather to try to get him to come to, but to no avail. His grandfather later shared that he remembers hearing what was happening around him, despite being unconscious. Chavez said he usually uses Facetime to video chat with his mother, Jacqueline, around the same time every day. Because she was at work, she was unable to answer right away. 


After some quick thinking, Chavez dialed 911. He said when he heard the operator on the line, he began to cry. “I was scared,” he told the Levittown Tribune. 


He grabbed his iPod to recall some emergency information, which he was able to relay to Patty Collins, the 911 operator. When police officers arrived, Chavez said they have to break the door to get in. 


Chavez’s grandfather was stabilized and taken to the hospital for further observation. He received a couple of stitches as a result of the fall, but has recovered. Chavez said that on days when he’s in school, he often worries about his grandfather who is alone during the day.