A young girl from first Evangelical Lutheran School who saved a life was recognized with a special honor Thursday morning.
The award came as a surprise to 7 year old Kenzie Smith, who was led down the bleacher by Miss La Crosse to receive a certificate of appreciation from the La Crosse Fire Department and EMT's. In January, Kenzie was on the way to see a play with her grandmother and when she noticed something wrong. Her grandmother Donna had stopped breathing, so Kenzie grabbed a phone and called 911 after calling her mom.
That action is how the fire department and EMT's were able to reach Donna and it's exactly why she is alive today. La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam said when he listened to the 911 call tape, Kenzie's calm demeanor was very impressive and helped responders get the info they needed quickly.
"I was really scared and I was also crying but I was staying calm," Kenzie said.
"[Adults] don't always stay calm in emergencies either, but she did," said Kenzie's grandmother Donna. "She's my little angel, I'm very proud of [her].
It was Kenzie's first time ever calling 911. Her award was given during a presentation on CPR and AED use at the school. After receiving praise for her deed, Kenzie credited everyone involved saying that it was the team effort that saved her grandmother.