Our instincts usually kick in when we see someone in trouble. Even if you are young, it doesn’t take much to know when someone needs help.
Addison is known as a “pageant queen” in her town of California City, California, recently adding the title of Little Miss Antelope Valley to her list of accolades. That was a great honor, but it was something else that happened that earned the 9-year-old even more recognition from her city.
Addison was on her way home from school on November 13 as usual, and was dropped off by the bus at the stop near her house, with hers being one of the last stops of the route.
As she got off the bus, Addison turned around to see her bus driver hunched over the wheel, sweating and not looking well at all. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.
“I went inside to my house, grabbed my mom’s iPad, FaceTimed her, she said ‘Okay, call 911,'” Addison told ABC News. She wasted no time acting to help her bus driver, who still had kids on the bus she hadn’t dropped off yet.
She calmly told the 911 dispatcher her location, was able to identify that the driver was still breathing, and she even stayed by the bus driver’s side until the paramedics arrived.
It’s amazing to see how she was able to give not only the correct bus number, but the correct address all while under duress.
The 4th grader said that this situation taught her to remain calm in times of stress—something she also has learnt from family members in the military, police, and fire service—and she did a great job of that.
The bus driver was treated for a non-life-threatening illness, according to 23ABC News, and had been resting at home after the incident.
It isn’t easy to be brave at that age, but Addison made it look like a piece of cake.
This young lady is a true hero and shows us all no matter your age, you can respond when a crisis comes. She…
On November 28, city officials honored her with awards of recognition and gifts—and the California City Mayor even made November 28, 2017, “Addison Hutchinson Day”!