When Addison O’Brien was just five years old she found herself in a frightening situation, realising her father, who had been looking after her and her three-year-old brother at home, was unconscious on the floor.
She quickly stepped into action ringing Triple-0 to report the emergency.
Police said because of Addison’s actions help was able to arrive quickly and her father received the medical attention he needed after he suffered a seizure.
Audio from the emergency call was released by Queensland Police on Friday, as authorities recognised her bravery.
Addison, now seven, remains calm and composed throughout the conversation, beginning by telling operator: “My daddy is on the floor.”
The operator asks the young girl a number of questions about the situation and she confirms her dad’s eyes are shut but his chest is moving up and down.
“He is just trying to get his head up,” Addison tells the operator, who then asks if the front door is open.
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She goes to check and tells him it is unlocked. He again asks for her father’s condition, before telling her to go outside as a police officer should be there to help.
Communications Group Inspector Kim Kellaway said the young girl had shown a great sense of maturity.
“Making a call to Triple-0 can be one of the most stressful experiences a person may ever go through but Addison managed the situation perfectly for someone of her age,” Inspector Kellaway said.
Police Minister Mark Ryan added, “it was inspiring to see a young Queenslander handle a very challenging situation in such a calm and mature manner.”
Authorities are also reminding people to teach their children to call Triple-0 in the event of an emergency.
Addison was just five & a half years old when she made a 000 call that saved her dad's life. She's now a junior cop & has a lot of very cool props for show & tell @7NewsBrisbane @QldPolice pic.twitter.com/HS7s4HRCmd
— Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) June 22, 2018