Hastings Middle School seventh grader presented ‘911 hero award’

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 9:34 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Last week, a Hastings Middle School seventh grader took steps to help save her baby brother’s life as he was choking. Twelve-year-old Chloe Roberts, from Sutton was honored with the ‘911 Hero Award’ from Clay County Emergency Management Friday.

November 7, Chloe Roberts was sitting in her living room with her sister and 9-month-old brother, Jimmy Roberts, when he started choking on a lollipop that had fallen off the stick.

Chloe Roberts immediately dialed 911, helping to save Jimmy’s life. Before EMT arrived on scene, she went over to her neighbors homes, who were previously EMT themselves, to try and get assistance as soon as possible. When help arrived, Chloe said they were able to get Jimmy to breathe a bit, but he was transported by ambulance to Henderson Health Care.

“I was scared and worried that it wasn’t going to, like, he wasn’t going to be able to come home.”

After waiting about three hours with her other family members at Henderson, Chloe said they had to life-flight her brother to a hospital in Omaha to get him the help he needed.

Chloe Roberts remembered back to when she was awaiting answers when he was in the hospital.

“I came to school and I was kind of worried because he wasn’t like, I didn’t know how he was doing exactly,” Chloe Roberts said.

The honorary award was presented to Chloe Roberts by Tim Lewis, Clay County director of emergency management, in front of her fellow classmates in the hallways of HMS.

Chloe Roberts added, her brother had since recovered and was back home.

“It makes me feel good and happy that he’s better,” she said.

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