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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Polk County Fire Rescue Praises Spook Hill Elementary Student for 9-1-1 Call


Last updated 11/18/2020 at 12:55pm

Chevon Baccus

Spook Hill First Grader Esperanza Lopez poses with Sparky the Fire Dog, McGruff the Crime Dog, emergency dispatchers and her mother, Angela Lopez (second from right)

Fortunately for Angela Lopez, her 6-year-old daughter Esperanza knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. On Oct. 21 Lopez fell at her Frostproof home and couldn't get up or call for help.

When Esperanza couldn't find anyone to help, she retrieved her mother's phone and called 9-1-1.

Polk County Fire Rescue personnel on Nov. 18 honored the Spook Hill Elementary first-grader, designating her a "9-1-1 hero."

Fire Rescue public educator Rosa LaLonde used the special recognition event as an opportunity to teach about 50 first graders how to call for help in an emergency.

"9-1-1," the children call...

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