Safe Sitter® Heroes
Safe Sitter® receives many outstanding nominations for Safe
Sitter® of the Year. While only rescues performed in actual
babysitting situations qualify for Safe Sitter® of the Year, Safe
Sitter® would like to recognize all graduates who use skills
learned in a Safe Sitter® class to save a life. Unless you are at
least 13 years old, please ask your parent/guardian for permission
to contact us if you used your Safe
Sitter® skills to save a life. Congratulations to our heroes!
Teach Your Children Well…Some May
Be Heroes One Day
Every parent hopes they impart knowledge that stays
with their children for a lifetime. Vicki is sure she
Vicki, a Safe Sitter® Instructor and Site Coordinator at a YMCA
in Iowa since 2009, taught her daughter, Christina, the skills she
needed to stay calm during an emergency.
Christina says, "I really liked watching my mom teach my Safe
Sitter® class. She's a really good teacher!"
What Christina's mother taught her daughter in a Safe Sitter®
class in 2011 resulted in the now 12-year-old successfully making a
9-1-1 call that certainly saved an injured man's life.
Additionally, she also managed to keep her three younger siblings
calm and preoccupied during the intense event.
One day this past August, Christina's father was driving
Christina and her three siblings, 4, 8 and 10, through town near a
busy intersection. A truck directly in front of their car chose to
turn into traffic and side-swiped a man on a motorcycle. After they
all witnessed the motorcyclist getting hit by the truck,
Christina's father got out and tended to the injured man.
Meanwhile, Christina dialed 9-1-1 using her own cell
Christina's father said, "The motorcycle was T-boned by the
truck. The man was thrown over the cab of the truck. The accident
scene was bad. The man was flown to Iowa City to the hospital.
As a big sister and Safe Sitter® grad, Christina really stepped
up to the plate. She remained in the car with her siblings and kept
them calm as she dialed for help. In fact, she was able to keep
everyone calm for more than an hour while her father spoke with the
firefighters and police about the incident.
Christina said, despite being nervous, she knew immediately to
call 9-1-1. "I took a deep breath. Since I didn't know the exact
address, I gave the person at 9-1-1 the landmarks around
"Safe Sitter® helped me a lot-helped me know what to do and what
to say," she added.
Vicki is understandably proud her daughter remembered so well
what she taught her. "Christina kept calm and was able to give the
9-1-1 representative an account and location of where they were. I
never realized how important the Safe Sitter® help cards were,
especially when we teach the kids how to call 9-1-1 in our role
plays," Vicki said.
Christina's father, who was witness to his daughter's impressive
cool-headedness, said, "When I got back to the car, Christina had
really done a good job with the kids keeping them both calm and
And how did she keep them calm? She devised a creative game to
"We played 'Pretend'. We pretended we were the
firefighters and police and what we were going to do next."
More Safe Sitter® Hero Stories
Safe Sitter® of the Year
Alexis Muscatello, the new Safe Sitter® of the Year, used her
Safe Sitter® skills to save the life of her younger brother
Safe Sitter® and Scout Saves Friend
Taking a Safe Sitter® class along with four Cadettes in her
troop helped Lindsay live the Girl Scout motto of "be
This Family is Grateful for Its Safe Sitter®
If the job of a big sister is to look out for her younger
siblings, then Kathleen is the ultimate big sister for saving her
younger sister's life.
"Thank Goodness for Little
This is what a very grateful Amberlye, 13, said after her
younger sister, Brigid, 11, saved her life.
"I Felt Like a Hero!"
After saving her 6-year-old sister who was choking on a hard
peppermint candy, Arica, 15, said she felt like a
hero! Everyone agrees that Arica is a hero - especially
Alydia, her sister!
Safe Sitter® and Scout Comes to Mother's Rescue
As a Girl Scout and a Safe Sitter®, one could say Gabrielle was
double prepared to deal with an emergency.