Girl, 10, receives award after calling 911, saving grandmother


Jasmine Nichols and Contance Reid.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A 10-year-old girl was honored Tuesday by the Indianapolis Fire Department for her heroic actions that saved her grandmother’s life.

On February 18, Jasmine Nichols, 10, woke up in the middle of the night and found her grandmother unresponsive on the couch. Her mother was at work, so Nichols helped first responders find her home.

Although she was in a panic, she stayed on the phone with the dispatcher, providing crucial information about her grandmother’s condition.

When crews arrived at the home, they found Contance Reid in serious condition. It was later discovered that she had a bad reaction to new medication.

Nichols received an award at the 2016 National 911 Heroes Conference & Expo. The award is called the 911 Local Heroes Medal of Honor and is bestowed on an individual who distinguishes himself/herself by “gallantry and intrepidity calling 911 to help save a life or property, or to report a crime.”

911 dispatcher Courtney Bush (left) and Jasmine Nichols (right)
911 dispatcher Courtney Bush (left) and Jasmine Nichols (right) at a previous awards ceremony.

Unfortunately, Nichols was unable to attend the ceremony. She was visiting her grandmother in the hospital.

IFD says Nichols’ actions can serve as a lesson to other children on how to respond to emergency situations, and reiterate the importance for parents to teach their children what to do in an emergency.

IFD Communications Director Sherry Taylor issued this statement:

“We have always stressed the importance of children knowing how to call for help in case of an emergency, within our community the emergency number is 911.  As more and more families migrate from land lines to cell phone only households it is more important than ever that your child knows how to call for help.  Every child should know how to access 911 using a cell phone and or land line.  On some cell phones you can easily access 911 by simply pressing the “emergency call” wording while the phone is locked – while other cell phones may require that the child first unlock the screen, and then select the proper icon and keypad.  These seem like simple steps and are – when we prepare ahead of an emergency.  It might also be a good idea to show your child where they can always find a piece of mail that has the address printed on it in cases where the child has difficulty remembering the address or if you have recently moved.”

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