SOMERSET, NJ — A local Somerset 4-year old is being called a hero for calling 911 for help when her mother collapsed on the kitchen floor and did not get back up earlier this month.
Isla Glaser was honored on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Franklin Police Headquarters for her bravery in calling for help, and knowing her address so police officers would know where to go.
Lt. Philip Rizzo of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Professional Services Division presented Isla with a certificate and a special police challenge coin among other items for her actions, naming her ‘Honorary Junior Police Officer’ with the department.
“It’s not uncommon to get a 911 phone call in our communications center,” said Rizzo. “What was uncommon was the little voice that said ‘my mommy fell and she can’t wake up.’”
Rizzo said that at about 7:35 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, Isla called the 911 emergency number to report that her mother needed medical help. Officers Frank Mahon and Michael Casey responded, asking little Isla to stand on a chair to unlock the front door and let them in, he said.
While an EMT unit tended to her mother who was unconscious, Rizzo said Isla was able to keep the family’s three 80-pound rescue dogs calm while she fed yogurt to her twin brothers who are only a year old.
“I know adults who cannot handle this type of incident with that much bravery, poise and distinction,” he said. “For that, this young lady needs to be commended.”
“I’m really grateful Isla wasn’t nervous when she made the call,” said her mom, Haley who ultimately spent 4 days in the hospital. She declined to discuss her medical diagnoses or condition but thanked the dispatchers and officers for their help.
“I’m grateful that you were able to communicate in a way that truly saved my live,” said Haley. “I’m very lucky to live in a community where we have such amazing police officers and first responders.
“Isla, you are a rock star,” said 911 dispatcher, Julie Kozo who coached trainee, Olivia Klein through the call. Kozo said Isla, her youngest caller yet “knew her address and knew exactly what to say which helped us render aid as fast as possible.”
“It’s so important that kids know their addresses because you never know when you’re going to be in a situation like this,” said Kozo. “She did what she could, and at 4-years-old, that’s amazing,” said Kozo.
“It’s just an amazing story. I can’t be prouder to be a part of it,” said Rizzo.
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