Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes recently made a special presentation to David Chavez, an Island Trees third grader who saved his grandfather’s life last month.
A ceremony was held at David’s School, Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, where the Supervisor and Councilman presented the young hero with a proclamation declaring David Chavez Day in Levittown.
“The risks if low blood sugar is left untreated are significant,” Murray said in a release. “By knowing enough to call 911 to get immediate help for his grandfather, David saved his life.”
David learned to dial 911 while in kindergarten. He was able to explain to the 911 operator what happened and directed emergency services to his Levittown home.
“We are so proud of David and his lifesaving actions,” said Hudes. “By knowing what to do, not only did David save his grandfather, but now he is an example to all his fellow students who have learned this important lesson.”
Approximately 500 students attended the assembly where the town officials presented David with a giant telephone which noted… “Call 911, Save a life!”
David was joined by his grandfather, mother and other relatives at the ceremony.
“Many adults would have been paralyzed by fear in David’s situation,” Murray said. “Not only did David not panic, he knew exactly the right thing to do and didn’t hesitate.”
Photo Caption: (L-R) Stokes Principal Allison Ackerman, Councilman Gary Hudes, David's teachers Patti Fabrizio and Laura Marks, Supervisor Murray, David Chavez (honoree), Frank Morales (grandfather who was rescued), Jacqueline Chavez (mother), Monica Morales (cousin), Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy.