By Ed Brock
Tuesday was "911 Hero Day" in Georgia, a day to honor children like 7-year-old Shebria Page and 11-year-old Christina Warren for their calm heads in a crisis.
Page and Warren joined 16 other youths from around the state and Gov. Sonny Perdue at the Capitol in Atlanta to receive medals and gifts for what they did. And what they did was to call 911 and get help for someone who needed it.
In Shebria's case, it was her mother Angela Page who had an active seizure at their Conley townhouse on Dec. 30, at which time the young girl had to call Clayton County 911 dispatchers for help. Four days before that Christina had to call Morrow's 911 service when her father lost consciousness behind the wheel of the family pickup in the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Jonesboro Road.
"When she has a seizure she falls down," Shebria said about her mother. "Sometimes it's not that serious. All I have to do is lay her down, cover her with a blanket and get her a glass of water."
Angela Page said she had a brain tumor before but hadn't had a seizure for some time. Although her mother lives in a townhouse in the same complex on Conley Road, she lives alone with Shebria.
"Now it's a blessing that she's gotten old enough to call 911," Angela Page said.
Christina, her father Jonathan Warren and her mother Sandra Warren had just finished eating at Sonny's Barbecue on Mt. Zion Road on the night of the incident and were on their way home to Newnan when it happened, Sandra Warren said.
"I started hearing my mom, not yelling, but she wasn't talking in her quietest voice, and she was telling me to call 911," Christina Warren said.
When Jonathan Warren lost consciousness his wife had to try to get the truck out of the intersection
while Christina, calling on her mother's cell phone, directed rescuers to their location.
Jonathan Warren died that night as a result of a pre-existing heart problem.
Both girls were nominated for the honor by the Morrow and Clayton County 911 services and both were praised for their calm approach to the crises in which they were involved. Shebria and Christina both said they learned in school how to use 911.
Along with the medals and a $100 savings bond from Bell South, each 911 Hero received a family membership from the Atlanta Zoo for one year, Clayton County 911 Public Education and Community Outreach Coordinator Terri Edmonson said.
Shebria said she loves all the animals at the zoo, but she is especially looking forward to visiting the flamingos.