Kids honored for heroic actions

HOUSTON The youngsters were recognized at the 2010 National 911 Awards Ceremony held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Plant CML and 911 for Kids recognized several Texas children and dispatchers, in conjunction with the national APCO conference.

Johnathan Torres was honored for his bravery. He was home alone when burglars came in through a back window. He grabbed the phone, locked himself in the bathroom and called 911. After police arrived, he called his mother, who also made a call to 911.

"He did better than I did," said his mother Michele Torres.

A local hero is Julio Jimenez, 8, from Harris County. On April 16, 2010, The Cypress Creek EMS Communications center received a call for a choking baby and dispatched an ambulance. The call was from Julio who was calling because his baby brother was having trouble breathing.

The young hero followed the instructions given by the dispatchers prior to the paramedics arriving on the scene. The medic unit arrived and transported the baby to the hospital. What started out as a frightening evening resulted in a happy ending for all thanks to young Julio's bravery.

"Julio was brave and remained calm, better than many adults, said Tammy Parker, Cypress Creek Comm Center Supervisor.

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