kid phoneThere are two kinds of people in this world, I've come to believe: The kind who stay calm in an emergency, and the kind who panic and fall to pieces and make whatever the emergency happens to be even more of a bummer. And apparently age has nothing to do with which category a person falls into, as 4-year-old Grace Varley of Amityville, New York, recently proved.

Because when Grace's 2-year-old brother Myles nearly choked on a chicken nugget, it wasn't their grandmother who saved the day. Nope. See, "Nana" falls into that useless-in-an-emergency category. So when Myles started choking and couldn't breathe, she freaked out, picked him up, and ran outside, screaming for help, much like a (choking hazard) chicken with her head cut off.

Good think Grace kept her wits about her, at least ...

Remembering a recent safety lesson from her prekindergarten class, the cool little cucumber simply picked up the phone and dialed 911.

"My brother's not moving," she told dispatchers (who later commented on the little girl's remarkable composure).

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Well, Myles is moving now!

Thanks to his quick-thinking sister and the paramedics who sped to the scene, Myles is just fine. (Not-so-much thanks to grandma, sorry to say.)

As for Grace? "I'm a hero," she informed reporters. Indeed!

Won't it be incredible to see what this little girl does in life? Think about it: If you take on the role of "hero" at 4 years old, you're probably going to set some pretty lofty goals for yourself. Said mom Alison:

“Grace surprises us constantly. She’s far better than I could ever be, and that’s all you ever really hope for your children.”

Or your grandchildren. Right, Nana?

Do you have someone in your family who's useless in emergencies?

 

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