HAMMOND Park’s Mackenzie Summers has composure and forethought beyond her few years.
It was a day like any other for the 6-year-old, who was waiting with her grandmother Dawn De Cesare in her apartment’s underground carpark for the arrival of a car salesman.
But when the salesman arrived the carpark lights went out, throwing the area into complete darkness and causing Ms De Cesare, who has osteoporosis, to trip and fall, breaking her hip and arm.
Young Mackenzie looked to the salesman for help, but seeing him panicked, she took charge herself.
Trying to call 000 on her grandmother’s phone, Mackenzie realised the basement carpark was causing the reception to falter, so she gave the salesman her grandmother’s full address, name and phone number and sent him outside to call the emergency number and wait for the ambulance.
Despite being afraid of the dark Mackenzie moved to help her grandmother, putting her legs under Ms De Cesare’s head, stroking her hair and keeping her calm until the ambulance arrived.
For her actions, Mackenzie was one of six people presented with a Community Hero award during a special recognition ceremony held by St John Ambulance WA on Friday.
St John chief executive Michelle Fyfe said Community Hero awards were given to those who displayed exceptional judgement, bravery and skill to help someone during a medical emergency.
“The efforts of these people have either saved a life or prevented further injury and all are thoroughly deserving of this recognition,” Ms Fyfe said.
Ms De Cesare continues to recover from her injuries, but said she was in awe of her granddaughter’s maturity and common sense.