Way to Go: Paige Miller
Paige Miller proved that heroes come in all ages and sizes.
Paige, 9, a fourth-grader at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School in Port Jefferson, promptly dialed 911 last month and gave vital information to the emergency operator after her grandmother suffered a seizure and collapsed outside her family's home.
The youngster was home alone with her grandmother and stayed on the line with the operator until the ambulance arrived five minutes later.
"My grandma was kind of confused-looking and said 'Let's go outside,' then she fell on the sidewalk," said Paige, whose grandmother was visiting from Ohio and has since returned there. "I said 'Grandma, are you OK?' But she didn't answer."
Paige's school named her a Community Hero for her "quick thinking and bravery," and the Port Jefferson school district's board of education gave her a certificate citing her "outstanding act of heroism." The Village of Port Jefferson plans to honor her Nov. 5.
"I'm really proud of her and amazed she stayed so calm," said Paige's mother, Cassidy Miller.
Paige said: "I knew exactly what I was supposed to do. You can never freak out when something like that happens."