HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) A local kindergartner is being called a hero for saving his stepmother’s life when she started having an asthma attack.
Left: Officer Martina Sims. Middle: Boston Rosas. Right: Firefighter Trent Barker. (Photo by Rissa Shaw)
Rosie Rosas and her three children were taking photos in a field of Blue Bonnets in front of Spring Valley Elementary around 4:20 p.m. on April 11 when she started having trouble breathing.
"I started coughing and then I started panicking, and once I panicked - that's when it hit,” said Rosas.
Parked on the side of the road, she was able to get her one-year-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 kinda scary, and it started to look like it was nighttime outside."
That’s when her six-year-old stepson, Boston Rosas, went into action.
He found her rescue inhaler under the front passenger seat; 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 starts describing his surroundings to the dispatcher.
“He started to talk on the 911 call about Blue Bonnets,” said Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin.
“Lots of Blue Bonnets, it’s by a school,” Boston told the dispatcher.
“They don’t live in Hewitt and he was able to point out landmarks,” said responding Officer Martina Sims. “You can’t just rely on cell phone pings.”
The first on-scene, Sims stays with Boston and his brother and sister until firefighters and paramedics arrive.
“She’s breathing,” Sims tells the dispatcher.
Once crews arrive and start treating Rosas, Sims and some of the other officers, firefighters, and paramedics on-scene turn their focus to the kids.
"It was a huge relief, they (her children) knew I was ok and they got to take pictures with them and talk with them,” said Rosas. “They went above and beyond and did more than that: they became family to my kids."
“It’s not just about the call, it’s also about what happens after it,” said Devlin. “It makes a chief happy when you find out stuff like this has taken place, they did a phenomenal job.”
While the first responders are being praised, everyone, including Boston, agrees, he was the hero of the day.
"I’ve been doing this 20 years now, and it’s amazing to see someone his age handle a high-stressed environment like that,” said Hewitt Firefighter Trent Barker. “He was excellent, I would say he’s ahead of his game.”
"Both my dispatchers were talking about how phenomenal he was on the phone, he really made the difference in this call,” said Devlin. “I don't really think he knows how big this is, but he will someday.”
That day could come as soon as Monday: Hewitt PD is honoring Boston with their Hero Award during Monday night’s City Council meeting.
“I went to thank them and they just told me how good Boston did,” said Rosas. “My little hero.”
Ironically, the same flower Rosas believes may have brought on her asthma attack, was also part of what helped Boston save her.
Sims said the incident hit home with her family, and hopes others will learn from it, too.
"That kind of opened up a better conversation for my kids at home 'would you know what to do if this happened?'” said Sims. “Learn your address, learn your phone number, learn to call 911.”
Sims, Barker, Hewitt Firefighter Justin Parker, and dispatcher Lauren Alambaugh will also be recognized at Monday’s council meeting for their efforts to locate and help the Rosas family.
“It was a very happy ending,” said Sims.