6-year-old receives hero award for saving grandfather's life
MANCHESTER - Seven people were honored for their courage and selfless acts Thursday at the 2015 Red Cross Heroes Awards in Manchester. One recipient, just 6 years old, is being called a hero for saving her grandfather's life.
It was just another autumn evening last October when 6-year-old Jacey Montague and her grandfather went for a walk in the woods near their Alton home.
Tom Montague said, "I don't remember anything, but two weeks later I was in a stretcher and I was approached by someone and they said how lucky I was. I said what do you mean."
He was lucky because while on that walk, a tree fell on top of him. Granddaughter Jacey is credited for saving his life by quickly calling 911.
William Gourgiotis, the 911 operator who took the call said, "The first thing she said was my grandfather was dead, so that took me back a second because I knew it was a young child."
Tom wasn't dead, but he was unconscious with a broken neck, hip and pelvis.
Jacey stayed calm, stood by the road, flagged down the ambulance and led paramedics through the woods to her grandfather.
Jacey's mother Colleen Teeter said, "People have all kinds of heroes. Jacey is definitely mine. She may only be 6, but she is definitely mine."
Turns out it was Tom who taught Jacey how to dial 911 in an emergency.
"I remember having the discussion with her you know a long time before it happened. I said it three years ago, she was probably three."
Little did he know that simple lesson would one day safe his life.
Click on the video for this story to hear clips from the 911 call.