Safe Sitters are saving lives! Have you used the skills you
learned in your Safe Sitter® class because of a threat to life or
handled a dangerous situation? If so, you might be a Safe
Sitter® Hero. Unless you are at least 13 years old, please ask your
parent/guardian to contact us. Congratulations to our
Safe Sitter® Heroes.
Every parent hopes they impart knowledge that stays
with their children for a lifetime. Vicki is sure she has.
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 phone.
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 me."
"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."