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We all know there is nothing like a parent’s love but sometimes children prove they can have your back like no other too. Thirteen-year-old Georgia Peach Shardae Simmonds proved just that when she used CPR to save her father when he passed out in their Sandy Springs, GA, home in February (apparently Fox just heard about it this week).
Shardae, who learned CPR at the age of 10, explained to FOX 5 why she had the wherewithal to learn such a life-saving skill at such a young age.
“I thought [about] all those people that die because no one’s able to do CPR– I thought it would come in handy one of these days when I was older.”
Although Shardae didn’t know her CPR training would be used to save her own dad, who suffered a major heart attack, she is grateful for the ability to keep her father alive until the paramedics came.
“I always knew that I was important to her, in her life, that she loved me– but just to hear her talk, what was going through her mind, it’s really, really touching and makes me love her even more,” her father, Glen Simmonds, said.
Sandy Springs’ Mayor and Shardae’s junior high, Tapp Middle School, honored the young heroine, as did Cobb County Fire Spokesperson Mike Parrish who had these these words to say about her.
“The things that she learned, she had advantages in this case. We are grateful for her.”
Reading about Shardae’s courageous actions make me proud, but they also make me think: Why am I just now reading about this in April? Although I do not live in the same state as her, American media (generally) fails to give credit where it is due, in a timely fashion. We’re glad someone finally found out about this story and shared it!