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4th grader honored for ‘heroic’ actions that saved sister

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A quick-thinking Rockland fourth-grader has been hailed a hero by local first responders for calling 911 when his sister suffered a medical emergency, The Patriot Ledger reported.

Joshua Joseph, a student at Esten Elementary, was at home with his grandmother and 6-year-old sister in December when she began to suffer from a medical episode, Rockland schools said in a statement. Knowing his grandmother doesn’t speak English, Joseph took it upon himself to call 911 and explain what was happening.

Joseph stayed on the phone with the dispatcher until help arrived, and his sister is now home from the hospital.

On Tuesday, Joseph was recognized at a school assembly where he shook the hands of Fire Chief Scott Duffey and police Lt. Nicholas Zeoli.

“What an inspiring message to show to all of our students, that if someone is in need of help, you jump into action and try your best to help,” Principal Marilyn Smith said in the statement. “We are all so proud of Joshua and it was really great to see him be recognized for his actions.”

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