9-year-old girl honored with trying to save grandmother

- A special event was held honoring a little girl who performed CPR trying to save his grandmother's life.

DISPATCH:  "Is she breathing?"

"A little. She has asthma."

DISPATCH: "Okay honey."

Those were the words of Jada Anderson, 9, moments before saving her grandmother's life that are inspiring others Friday.
"Just listening to that tape and to think a 9-year-old child would have that level of composure," said Eric Jones, Detroit Fire Commissioner. "I think it's amazing."

Detroit's Warrendale Charter Academy student Jada Anderson's life-saving efforts were honored in front of her classmates.

In August her grandmother told Jada that she couldn't breathe.

"I tried to find her inhaler, but I couldn't find it, so I called 911," Jada said.
DISPATCH: "Detroit 911 what's the address of the emergency?"

"Um, my grandma she can't breathe," Jada said.
On the other end of the call was Detroit 911 dispatcher Inez Sullivan.

"She was marvelous," Sullivan said. "She was awesome. She followed my instructions to the T."

DISPATCH: "You're doing really good honey, it's okay, I'm going to be right here with you. What's the matter honey. 

"I don't think she's breathing," Jada said.

Sullivan then worked with Jada to give her grandmother CPR.

DISPATCH: "Okay you're going to pump her chest honey, count with me - one, two, three, four."

"One, two, three, four," Jada said.

Minutes later emergency responders arrived to take over.

DISPATCH: "It's okay you did really good, Jada."

"She had her sisters under control and helped wave down the fire engine that was coming up," said Terry Sanders, Detroit fire. "She helped keep the scene calm."

Although sadly, Jada's grandmother died days later. Her family says she left the world peacefully with them by her side.

"You never know what your child is capable of," Jada's mother, Janae Anderson said. "Or what they would do in an emergency situation. I am extremely proud of Jada for giving my mom a fighting chance."

Sullivan and these firefighters were also recognized but the highlight of Sullivan's day: meeting the little hero.

"It's great to meet her because we never get to meet anyone who we (help) get to save their lives," Sullivan said.

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