POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:53am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A 911 call dialed by Cynthia Almendarez, 10, saved her two year old nephew's life.
"I was a little bit scared but i knew that I had to stay calm so i controlled it," said Cynthia Almendarez.
It was back in July when Cynthia kept her cool and translated CPR directions in Spanish to her mom.
They got the baby breathing before help arrived.
911 dispatcher Cheryl Dean was the voice on the other end of that call.
"You don't get a lot of children that are able to handle calls and be that exceptional when they call," said Dean.
Cynthia earned a big recognition for her bravery that day.
With her nephew by her side, the 5th grader was honored with the Citizen Life Saving Award.
Cynthia's best advice?
"When you call to not be afraid, to stay calm, it's all going to work out," said Cynthia.
And it's something she's reminded of every day, all awards aside.
Experts give advice on what to tell children to do in the event of an emergency:
Tell them to call 911 from the house phone rather than a cell phone.
This way, operators can send help even if the child doesn't know the exact address.
Also tell the child not to hang up the phone until they are told to do so.
In most cases, emergency call takers will stay on the line until help arrives.