Hewitt: Quick-thinking kindergartner honored for heroism
A local kindergartner has been officially recognized as a hero after saving his stepmother’s life when she started having an asthma attack.
Boston Rosas, 6, was given the Hewitt Police Department's "Hero Award" Monday night at a city council meeting.
"I saved my mom's life," Rosas said when asked about the honor.
The kindergartner mostly smiled after receiving the high honor, given to just one other person, saying just that he felt "happy."
He wasn’t at a loss for words at around 4:20 p.m. on April 11 when he placed the life-saving 911 call.
"We've talked about this 911 call and how cool and calm he is in a pretty tense situation," Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.
"He's acting better than some adults we get on 911."
Boston's stepmother Rosie Rosas and her three children were taking photos in a field of bluebonnets in front of Spring Valley Elementary School when she started to have trouble breathing.
Parked on the side of the road, she was able to get her 1year-old into her car seat and kept the car running for cool air, but then she started to black out and curled up into a ball on the side of the road.
"I could hear my heartbeat, it was kind of scary, and it started to look like it was nighttime outside," Rosie said.
Boston found his stepmother’s rescue inhaler under the front passenger seat, but when it didn’t help, she asked him to call his father.
Boston found the phone in the front seat and, on his own, started dialing.
"She said to call Dad and so I called him…didn't answer, so I called grandpa…didn't answer, so we called 911,” said Boston.
“Mom can’t breathe,” he told the dispatcher.
The kindergartner, who lives in Valley Mills and Riesel, didn’t know where he was, so he started describing his surroundings to the dispatcher.
“He started to talk on the 911 call about bluebonnets,” Devlin said.
“Lots of bluebonnets--it’s by a school,” Boston told the dispatcher.
“They don’t live in Hewitt and he was able to point out landmarks,” responding Officer Martina Sims said.
“You can’t just rely on cellphone pings.”
Rosie said without Boston's quick thinking and calm demeanor, she might not have survived.
"Seeing him get the award it warmed my heart. It really did," Rosie said. "Because had he not picked up the phone or called 911 there is no telling what would be going on today. Probably not this."
"That's kind of why we did what we did with this trophy," Devlin said.
"As a reminder so that as he gets older he can look back on it. It is a pretty big deal."