Nine-year-old girl honored in Johnson Co. for saving her grandpa during diabetic shock

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A nine-year-old girl who helped save her grandfather's life when he went into diabetic shock was honored in a special ceremony Thursday at the Johnson County MedAct building, 11811 South Sunset.

Isabelle Soubie called 911 on June 14 to report that her grandfather was ill and disoriented. Isabelle’s grandfather, who lives with a chronic medical condition, trained his grandchildren at an early age what to do in an emergency.

“It was a scary situation, but Isabelle did a good job staying calm and clearly describing the situation,” said Marie Athearn, operations manager for Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications. “When help arrived, Isabelle met emergency crews at the front door with cell phone in hand, explained that her grandfather was diabetic and needed medical attention.”

Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center will honor Isabelle.

“Isabelle’s heroic effort during her grandfather’s time of need demonstrates how important this training was, and that it’s never too early to teach kids how and when to call 9-1-1,” said Keith Faddis, director of MARC’s Public Safety Communications Program, which manages the regional 9-1-1 system.

MARC’s Regional 9-1-1 Hero Award program recognizes young people who demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of 9-1-1 by performing heroic action during an emergency. In order to receive the award, the child must have initiated the 9-1-1 call and performed a heroic act during the course of the emergency that resulted in saving a life, significantly reducing property loss or stopping a crime.