9-year-old Apache Junction hero Vivianna Gonzales honored

Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly, right, and Sgt. Eric Goodwyn, left, presented 9-year-old Vivianna Gonzales of Apache Junction with an award for being calm and calling 911 in an emergency. Third from left is her mother, Monica Gonzalez. (AJPD)

Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly and Sgt. Eric Goodwyn presented 9-year-old Vivianna Gonzales of Apache Junction with an award in front of her classmates at her school on April 4.

She was recognized for the heroic actions she demonstrated in the early morning hours of Feb. 10.  Viviana called 911 to report that a family member was experiencing a medical emergency and was unconscious, according to a release.

“Vivianna demonstrated a calm presence and made the appropriate choice to call 911 for help. Her family member received quick medical treatment and was transported to the hospital,” Sgt. Goodwyn said in the release.

Sgt. Goodwyn was on scene the night of the incident. On the morning of the event Vivianna told Sgt. Goodwyn that she didn’t know what was happening but she knew that if she called 911 police officers and firefighters would come to help, according to the release.  

Viviana’s mother, Monica Gonzalez, was given a recorded copy of the 911 call to keep with the award. She said she was proud of her daughter and credited her quick thinking to watching COPS and other emergency-type TV shows, according to the release.

The award presentation was also used as an opportunity to talk to the kids about the proper use of 911. The class was given a short lesson on the do’s and don’ts of calling 911. The kids were presented with scenarios where they had to decide whether or not to call 911, according to the release.

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