An 8-year-old girl from Westhampton, New York, is being called a hero along with a local police officer. The unidentified child was put in a very stressful situation earlier this week. The young girl had just arrived home from school and noticed her baby brother, Christopher, less than 1-year-old, was not breathing.
The 8-year-old girl called 911, because her parents do not speak English.
“My brother is about to die,” the young girl told the dispatcher. “He can’t breathe or nothing.”
This little 8-year-old spoke very calmly to the dispatcher regarding her brother’s situation.
DISPATCHER: This is the ambulance dispatcher, can I help you?
CHILD: My brother is about to die, he can’t breathe or nothing.
DISPATCHER: Okay, what is your address? Where do you live?
According to WCBS reports the 8-year-old girl was able to calmly recite her address and phone number.
CHILD: He’s almost 1-year-old.
DISPATCHER: He’s 1? Is he breathing at all?
DISPATCHER: Is your mom there?
DISPATCHER: Do you see his chest going up and down? Do you see him breathing at all?
CHILD: No, but he’s turning purple.
The parents of both children were reported to be in a frantic state, but due to their inability to speak English did not know what to do.
A local officer from the Southampton town police, Kristian Lorusso, was the first officer on the scene.
“Coming up on the house, see front door open and mom’s there,” he told CBS2. “Go running in the house and he wasn’t breathing at this point.”
Officer Lorusso ran in to help the baby as soon as possible because he was informed the baby had had a seizure.
“I started with pats on back to dislodge if he was choking and I started with CPR three cycles of that, couple more smacks on the back, and then I heard the greatest thing I ever heard, other than my own kids being born–this baby crying, ” Officer Lorusso said, who is also is a father to three children.
Officer Lorusso went on to say that this experience was the longest two minutes of his life.
“All of a sudden the Westhampton beach ambulance and police came and they were my knights in shining armor, helping me, and we got the oxygen on him and baby Christopher is with us,” he told CBS2.
According to reports the family has signed up at their local church for CPR training, and there are reports that the Westhampton Beach community is planning to honor both Officer LoRusso and the young girl.
To hear this brave young girl’s interaction with 911, view the video below.
This 8-year-old certainly isn’t the first child to reach out to police during an emergency. In fact, the California-based organization 9-1-1 For Kids offers lessons plans and other materials that teach children how to call the police and get help. The program can be especially valuable for educators or families looking to prepare children for unforeseen emergencies.
Similarly useful information can often be found online.
“Everyone needs to know about calling 911 in an emergency,” explains KidsHealth.org. “But kids also need to know the specifics about what an emergency is. Asking them questions like, ‘What would you do if we had a fire in our house?’ or ‘What would you do if you saw someone trying to break in?’ gives you a chance to discuss what constitutes an emergency and what to do if one occurs. Role playing is an especially good way to address various emergency scenarios and give your kids the confidence they’ll need to handle them.”
It’s unclear where the young girl in question learned to call police.