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Hunter children praised as ‘triple zero heroes’ for quick thinking

Reunion: Elley Maxwell, 7, and Chet Sutherland, 10, with paramedics Lisa Burton and Luke Wiseman, who responded to their emergencies last month. Picture: Jonathan CarrollWhen Elley Maxwell’s dad, Greg, began having a seizure at home on July 28, the seven-year-old knewwhat to do.
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She grabbed the phone, dialled triple zero andwith the help of her mum–whoshe called on another phone–described the scene to the operator.

Before long, paramedics arrived at the Barnsley home, treated Mr Maxwell and took himto hospital.

Little more than a week earlierat Belmont,10-year-old Chet Sutherland acted quickly to get help for his grandfather after he collapsed.

Chet called triple zero and, while he waited for paramedics to arrive, got the attention of a neighbour who tended to his grandfather.

The two young Lake Macquarie residents were recognised for their actionson Wednesday, when they got the chance to meet frontline staff at the NSW Ambulance control centre at Charlestown, one of five centres across NSW that fields triple zero calls.

Tim Collins,deputy director of control at thecentre,said Elley and Chet were“triple zero heroes”.

“They displayed exceptional maturity beyond their years by taking the initiative to ring triple zero,” he said.

“It can be quite a nerve racking experience. The information they provided and the maturity they showed allowed the attending paramedics to get to the scenes in as timely manner as possible and initiate treatment.

“They both remained calm and listened to the instructions from our triple zero communications assistants and they were able to provide the details of the address, confirm phone numbers and provide key critical information.”

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