Dave Rossman For the Chronicle
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
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
"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.