9-Year-Old Honored For Saving Grandmother's Life

Wednesday, March 18th 2015, 6:26 pm
By: News 9

A metro girl saved her grandmother's life and received a medal for her bravery. The 9-year-old Oklahoma City girl also got to meet the dispatcher who coached her through the scary moments.

“My mama has really bad pain in her sides and she feels like her stomach, she says she feels like she's about to die and she's really sick,” Kendall Brooks said in the 911 call.

On Wednesday, Brooks heard the call she made back in February for the first time.

Her grandma, Dru Brooks, had so much abdominal pain that day she almost passed out.

“It was scary, but I felt like I was a doctor right then,” said Kendall Brooks, who wants to be a doctor one day.

The 9-year-old called for help, remembering what she had practiced.

“We went over what to do in case of a tornado and so I said, well we might as well cover fire, burglars, sickness and everything and she remembered,” Dru Brooks explained.

Kendall rattled off her entire address, her phone number and her grandmother's symptoms.

“I said, ‘I am so very proud of you and it brings me almost to tears to know that she is well-equipped in case anything happens,'” Dru Brooks told News 9.

Kendall got an "Everyday Hero" medal from EMSA for her actions and got to meet the voice on the other end of the line that day, Raymond Farrow.

“Oh she did fantastically, she was better than some of the adult callers we have,” said Farrow. “She was very calm, very collected,” he added.

The 9-year veteran dispatcher credits his patience on the line to being a father.

“He was nice and he kept me calm and relaxed,” Kendall Brooks said of Farrow.

Kendall said she cherishes her medal and she is glad she is so brave.

“It feels good to be how I am,” she beamed.

Kendall's story is a perfect example of why you should teach your child their address and the telephone number, because it helps paramedics get to the scene even faster.

EMSA started the "Everyday Hero" program in Oklahoma City a year ago, following the success of the program in Tulsa.

Kendall is one of three medal recipients in Oklahoma City so far.