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Third Grader Recognized for Saving Grandmothers Life
Union County Public Schools student Brandon Belk is being called a hero. What makes this so extraordinary is heâ€™s only 8 years old.
A third grader at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, Brandon was honored today (Nov. 10, 2011) by the Monroe Fire Department and named a â€œShining Starâ€ for his actions in calling 911 on Oct. 18, 2011, to seek help for his injured grandmother, Judy Dillehay of Monroe.
Brandon is credited with saving his grandmotherâ€™s life after she fell down a flight of stairs at her home and suffered a head injury.
â€œI was trying to balance some dishes and wasnâ€™t holding on to the rails,â€ she said. â€œThat was not a safe thing for me to do. I fell head first down about 11 steps. When I hit the bottom, I touched my head and thatâ€™s when I saw all the blood.â€
Brandon quickly called 911, telling the operator his name, address and that â€œMy grandma is lying at the foot of the steps and her head is bleeding. Please send somebody fast!â€
Having undergone heart surgery this past February, Dillehay is on blood thinners. This only exacerbated the bleeding of her head wound. â€œI lost quite a bit of blood,â€ she said. â€œThey had to give me two units of blood and 20 staples.â€
The entire third grade at Benton Heights was called into an assembly where Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler and four other firefighters were waiting. Brandon didnâ€™t know he was the reason for the visit.
â€œBrandon Belk did something very special,â€ Fowler told the students. â€œIt could have been a very serious situation had Brandon not called 911. The fact that he knew to call and give the pertinent information was very beneficial in his grandmotherâ€™s care.â€
Fowler presented Brandon with a plaque naming him a Shining Star for his heroic actions. â€œI know your grandmother appreciates it and we appreciate it, and weâ€™re all very proud of you,â€ Fowler told Brandon during the presentation.
He spoke to students about the proper procedure in calling 911. Students need to be able to tell the operators their name, address, phone number and a description of the emergency, he said. â€œItâ€™s very important that you know how to do that,â€ he added.
â€œI want everyone to understand and learn from this,â€ he said of Brandonâ€™s actions. â€œIf you ever need a firefighter or a police officer or an ambulance, donâ€™t hesitate to call 911 and tell them what you need,â€ he said.
Fowler also spoke to students on such fire safety issues as having smoke detectors in their homes and making sure they are in working order. He also told them to have fire drills at their homes and to know where the family is supposed to meet in case of a fire.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Nov 13, 2011 by Robin Pettit