Young girl honored after quick thinking saves grandmother's life

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Seven-year-old Kenzie Smith says that Jan. 13 of this year was one of the scariest days of her life.

That day, she was riding in a car with her grandma, Donna, when she suddenly pulled the car over and Kenzie noticed that she had stopped talking.

"I tried to ask her if she wanted me to call 911, but she didn't answer right after that. Cause I don't know what happened but I think she fainted and she was turning grey and I was really nervous," said Kenzie.

Emergency workers say Donna was having a respiratory issue.

It was the quick action by Kenzie to call 911 from the car that might have saved her grandmother's life.

When crews got to her, they had to insert a tube to help Donna breathe.

"She was able to stay calm. Fortunately we were able to take care of grandma, but I think that just her quick thinking to call 911 and to get us on our way quickly is what really made the difference of life or death for her grandma," said La Crosse Fire Department Captain Tim Knudsen.

In honor of her action, Thursday morning Kenzie was surprised and awarded a certificate of appreciation for acting heroically in a crisis.

Kenzie says her favorite part of the morning was meeting Miss La Crosse, because she wants to be a princess when she is older.

But, that is not the only job she wants.

"A doctor so I can save people's lives like the doctor's saved my grandma's," said Kenzie.

Donna is doing much better after that scare less than a month ago.

"I'm just so proud of her, so special to us," said Donna.

"Thank you grandma," Kenzie responded.

"I love her very much," Donna said while giving Kenzie a kiss.

Kenzie says she wants other people in that situation to stay calm, although she added she hopes nobody has to go through it.



 
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