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Noah Greenblatt

Noah Greenblatt

When we find ourselves in a dire situation, it is important to remain calm and help out in any way possible. Eleven-year-old Yesenia Diosdado found herself in a serious situation and immediately went out to help others. There is a lot to learn from Yesenia and her heroic story.

On a cold January afternoon in Kansas, Yesenia Diosdado got off the school bus and started to walk home, not yet realizing the heroic act she would soon perform. While walking home from her bus stop, Yesenia spotted a terrible car accident nearby, and started edging close to the scene to see what happened. It turned out that there was a three-car accident, and the paramedics who responded to the call were having trouble helping one person who was badly injured. Yesenia heard one of the paramedics radio the dispatcher to request the assistance of a sign language interpreter, because one of the women who was hurt was audibly impaired. Yesenia, who had learned sign language from her mother, immediately ran over to help.

Yesenia began interpreting what the injured lady was saying and relayed this information to the paramedics, so that the injured woman could get the proper care and get transferred to the appropriate hospital. Yesenia answered the call for help without hesitation – a true heroic act that helped save the woman’s life. Yesenia’s mother said that ‘it’s her nature to help. I am impressed that she recognized the seriousness of the situation and took charge.” Yesenia may only be eleven years old, but she exemplified great initiative and willingness to help.

Shortly after the incident took place, Yesenia was awarded with a gold coin and certificate for her valiant action. Yesenia taught us to keep an eye out for what is going on in our surroundings and to always step in to help others. We applaud Yesenia for her brave action and for answering the call for help.