SAN RAMON -- A fourth-grader at Quail Run Elementary School in San Ramon will travel to the state Capitol to receive an award lauding her for the bravery she demonstrated when she called 911 when her mother fell ill, officials said Tuesday.
Alexa Hile Lewis, 8, is being recognized by the state Senate and California State Assembly for the calm, collected 911 call she made from a relative's home on March 10 after her mom became nauseated and began having trouble breathing, said Kimberly French, spokeswoman for the San Ramon Valley Fire District.
"She's like, can't breathe right now," Alexa said calmly to dispatcher Robert Vega on the call. "She's like, throwing up really bad. And sometimes, she was like, falling and fainting."
Vega gave the girl instructions for how to keep her mother calm and comfortable, and kept her on the line until emergency crews arrived.
When Vega praised Alexa for her maturity, Alexa replied "My mom always says that I sometimes act like I'm a grown-up."
The girl's great-grandmother was also at the house when Alexa's mother fell ill.
"We're at my grandma's house, and my great-grandma is here, so I told her I was going to call the ambulance so she wouldn't get scared," Alexa said.
Emergency crews arrived within five minutes of Alexa's 911 call, and it was her swift action that ensured her mom got the help she needed quickly, French said. Alexa and Vega were both nominated for the award as part of the "9-1-1 for Kids Local 9-1-1 heroes" program.
Alexa and her grandmother travelled to Sacramento Wednesday before Alexa received her award Thursday morning. Alexa's mother remains hospitalized, and officials did not specify her illness. They did say she was recovering Wednesday.
According to Fire Marshal Christina Kiefer, the aim of the fire and life safety education provided by the fire district is to teach all kindergarten through fifth-graders in the valley to do exactly what Alexa did.
"Educating our community on how to be safe is the foundation of what we do," Kiefer said. "Firefighters and Fire Prevention Specialists visit each class, every year, to teach lessons such as the importance of calling 911 in an emergency, how to create an escape plan at home and how to get out and stay out if their home catches fire."