Polk County Fire Rescue honored a Spook Hill Elementary first-grader today, calling the 6-year-old girl a “911 hero” for staying calm and getting her mother medical help.
On Oct. 21, Esperanza Lopez’s mother, Angela, was trying to assemble a cabinet at their Frostproof home when she fell off a ladder onto her back and couldn’t get up. Esperanza ran to get help, but she couldn’t find anyone. She retrieved her mother’s phone.
“Mommy, it’s ok,” Esperanza told her. “Don’t cry. I’m just going to call 911.”
Moments later, they could hear the ambulance coming down the street.
Angela Lopez said she broke into joyful tears and was thankful for the bravery of her “amazing little girl.”
“She is most definitely my hero,” she said.
Firefighters and dispatchers visited Esperanza at school today, driving up in a fire truck and ambulance. They gave her an award and spoke to her classmates about what to do if they also need to call for help.
“You too can be a 911 hero,” said Rosa LaLonde, Fire Rescue’s public education manager.
Esperanza hugged her mother and rushed over to her teacher, Lavinia Parido, to show off her certificate signed by Fire Chief Robert Weech and Sparky the Fire Dog.
“Look what I got,” she said, smiling underneath her purple mask.