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8-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Dad’s Life

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Daniella Soto with her parents. The bilingual 8-year old was honored for translating both sides of a 9-1-1 call while her dad suffered a heart attack. (credit: Denco Area 9-1-1 District)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Watching your dad have a heart attack would be traumatic for any young child. But an 8-year-old Lewisville girl is being called a hero for her ability to stay calm and call for help in that scary situation.

PLAY: Daniella Soto’s 911 Call

Neither of Daniella Soto’s parents speak fluent English. So when her father started having chest pains, it was Daniella who called 911 and translated both sides of the conversation.

The brave third-grader, who was 7 at the time, was able to maintain her composure and answer the dispatcher’s questions about her dad’s condition. She was also able to relay information from the dispatcher to her parents.

Lewisville’s Police Department Communication Center honored Daniella as its “911 Kid Hero” on September 11.

Patty Cross, Manager of Public Education and Training for the Denco Area 911 District, said that it’s important for non-English speakers to know help is available to everyone and anyone during an emergency.

“When help from the Police, Fire Department or Ambulance is needed in a hurry, people should 911, rather than calling a friend or family member. Tell the dispatcher what is happening and give your location or address,” says Cross. “Even if you don’t speak English, you can still call 911. Tell the 911 dispatcher what language you speak and then stay on the line. A translator will be added to the call.”

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