7-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Her Father's Life

The first grader is a local hero after calmly calling paramedics

ByCATHERINE THORBECKE
March 31, 2016, 4:02 PM

— -- A 7-year-old in Maryland is hailed a local hero after she called 911 to help her diabetic father, who fell unconscious.

Jenna Viloria of Gaithersburg, Maryland was awarded an "Everyday Hero" Award yesterday by the Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein.

After his blood sugar dropped to dangerously low levels on February 28, Jenna's father, Giovanni Viloria, lost consciousness. Jenna was the only one home at the time. The precocious first grader called 911, gave the dispatcher her full address, and stayed on the line until the paramedics arrived.

"She is our poster child for how to make the right call," Beth Anne Nesselt of the Montgomery County Fire Department told ABC News. "Her actions clearly saved her father's life. She even got to the point where she was counting respirations with dispatchers while she waited for paramedics to arrive."

Nesselt says 911 calls from children are extremely rare.

Jenna received her award yesterday, although the incident was in February, because she did not want to miss a day of school.

"She is a very diligent student, and she made a request," Nesselt said. "Because she didn't want to miss school, she requested that the ceremony take place during spring break."

Michele Viloria, Jenna's mother, told ABC News how proud she was of her daughter. She works 30 minutes away from home and was panicking as she drove home from work that day.

"When I got home the minute that I open the door Jenna came to me," Viloria said. The little girl asked, "Mom are you mad because I called 911?"

She assured her daughter, 'No, Jenna, I am proud.'"

Giovanni Viloria has since made a full recovery.

Young Jenna told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. that this was the first time she has saved someone's life and that it was her first award.

Michele Viloria said her daughter is receiving plenty of praise, like being called a superhero. But Jenna's response is, "Mom, I can't fly, I don't have any powers."

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