Thursday, January 27, 2011



The Catholic Weekly report photo of 7-year-old Jordan Tate with his mother and family members


A seven-year-old Catholic student from the western suburbs of Sydney has won a Community Hero of the Year award for saving his mother's life by calling triple-0, reports the Catholic Weekly.

Jordan's award - from Family Capers, a family-centred, online portal - was bestowed in recognition of his efforts which helped save his mother from a burst appendix. After voting among Family Capers' members ceased for October, Jordan had gained 100 per cent of votes.Late last year, and following his being crowned October's 'Family Hero', Jordan Tate was honoured at a special school assembly at Sacred Heart Primary in Villawood after proving the merits of teaching young children how to dial triple-0 in an emergency.

Jordan was then up against 11 other very worthy "heroes", one from each month. When voting ended on December 30, Jordan had romped home with almost 80 per cent of the vote.

The Family Capers managing director, Linda Enever, will travel from Queensland to present the schoolboy with a trophy in recognition of his actions.

At the end of Term 3 last year, Jordan, then 6, was playing on the computer with his sister Mia, then 4, when his mother, Jessica, called out to him. She had not felt well at all that day but, being a busy young mother, had no option but to keep going. She had just put her one-year-old daughter, Chloe, to bed for her nap.

When Jordan found his mother in the kitchen, she had collapsed and was shaking on the floor. He asked her if he should call someone and - thinking she would be OK - Jessica said "no". When she slipped into unconsciousness, Jordan found her mobile and dialled triple-0.

Jordan called triple-0 and told the operator "my mum is sick" and his little sisters were "being brave".

"I'm very proud of him," Ms Tate said. "He really did save my life."

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