When 6-year-old Garv Agarwal of White Plains saw his mother having a seizure he remembered what he was taught to do in pre-school during an emergency: Call 911.
“I was coloring books and I heard the sounds, then she fainted,” said Agarwal, who just finished kindergarten at in White Plains. “I gave her water, it didn’t work so, I called my dad and it didn’t work. So then, I called 911. I was feeling, like, a little nervous kind of.”
Agarwal called 911 around 4:10 p.m. on July 3 and calmly answered Officer Edmund Kearny’s questions, then followed his instructions to open the door for the emergency responders.
Click on the video to listen to the 911 call.
Within minutes, White Plains Police Officer Jeff Park arrived at the Lake Street home along with EMS to aid Kirti Agarwal and bring her to .
“Hero’s come in all shapes, sizes and ages,” said Friday.
The White Plains Department of Public Safety and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach honored Garv Agarwal Friday morning with a certificate of good conduct, junior police officer’s badge and White Plains Police baseball cap for his “intelligence, bravery and quick actions.”
“I am very proud of him, very proud of him” said Kirti Agarwal. “They teach them so much in school and in preschool to maintain their confidence during such a nervous phase.”
Chong said he hoped that other young children in the community will by inspired by the 6-year-old to act with composure and bravery.
“It’s pretty amazing, I have two kids, and to see a child whose just come out of kindergarten with that kind of poise on the phone and answering those questions,” said Roach. “It’s remarkable.”
In addition to the City and the Agarwal family, Roach said that Agarwal's school and Church Street Principal Darrell Stinchcomb are also proud of him.
As for Agarwal, he said he felt “good” about being honored as a hero.
“I’m going to go tell my friends.”