Boy, 10, honored for saving baby brother's life
August 4, 2010
Julio Jimenez, age 8, waits to receive his award during at the local 911 Heroes Ceremony at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Tuesday. On April 16th while his little brother was choking, Jimenez called 911 and followed their instructions until the Cypress-Creek EMS arrived on the scene
When Julio Jimenez took a class about calling 911, the 8-year-old never thought he would actually have to use it.
He was wrong.
On the evening of April 16, 2009, Julio's infant brother, Fernando, began choking on a piece of a Styrofoam plate at their Cypress home. His mother knew only broken English, and they had to act fast.
"I was really nervous when I called 911," Julio said. "And when I saw him getting worse, I got more scared."
The events that followed led to Julio, who's now 10, and three other children earning recognition for their heroics at an event Tuesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The honors came from the organization 911 for Kids National & International.
Despite his fear on that April day, Julio stayed composed on the phone until paramedics arrived and helped save his brother's life, said Tammy Parker, the Cypress Creek Communication Center supervisor.
"Julio was brave, very calm and able to provide us with appropriate and needed information," Parker said. "Better than many adults."
Julio kept Fernando still and monitored for any signs of suffocation while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.
"When they came they told me to relax, and that they had everything under control," Julio said. "I didn't want to leave him alone, even for a second. I was glad they had him, and I didn't have to worry no more."
Fernando was taken to a hospital and fully recovered.
"He was able to get on the phone and tell us exactly what was going on," said Cecelia Moll, the operator at Cypress Creek EMS who took the call. "He was a very important part of saving his brother's life that day."
The other honorees Tuesday called emergency personnel because of robbers around their homes.
The children received a 911 hero medal and certificate for their actions.
Julio even was offered a job as he received his award. He would make a fine police officer and would be welcomed to the force at the Houston Police Department, said Vicki King, an assistant chief of police.
By Matthew Woolbright - Houston Chronicle