On the afternoon of Friday, April 21, 2017, eleven-year-old William found his mother unconscious.
While he wasn’t sure, it seemed that she was not breathing. Although, William spoke with his father regarding the situation and took action by dialing 9-1-1. With assistance and encouragement from the 9-1-1 operator, William got his mother to the floor in preparation for administering CPR. He assured the operator that he had CPR training as a Boy Scout. Just as William was beginning CPR, his father arrived and took over the chest compressions. William provided feedback and reminders to his father and stayed on the line until emergency crews were on the scene.
William is a remarkable young man who stayed calm and held his composure during a stressful situation, making him an integral part of saving his mother’s life. William was recently awarded the Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 Hero Award on behalf of the Kansas City Fire Department for his heroic effort during his mother’s time of need.