Four-year-old Georgia Ritter is the youngest person in NSW Ambulance’s 122 year history to receive the Commendation for Courage Community Award for her quick thinking to save her mum. Photo: Supplied”My mum’s in danger,” four-year-old Georgia Ritter told the triple-zero operator.
She had just witnessed her mum’s quad bike flip over, leaving her seriously injured and trapped beneath the vehicle on the family’s 200-hectare cattle farm at Bundook, near Taree, in May this year.
So Georgia scaled a 75-degree slope to check on her mum and her injuries, and then ran for nearly a kilometre to reach their home.
This week, she became the youngest person in NSW Ambulance’s 122-year history to receive the Commendation for Courage Community Award and Drop Ribbon Medal.
“Acts of bravery come in all shapes and sizes and so to do the very people who perform them,” NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan said, as he presented the four-year-old with the award.
“Despite her distress, Georgia managed to remain calm enough to tell our Triple Zero call taker what had happened, where she was and her name, effectively ensuring an emergency response to the property.”
Taking the young girl’s call that day was Triple Zero operator “Matt”. After discovering Georgia’s age, Matt softened his approach and promised to remain on the line until the paramedics arrived.
In the call, which has been publicly released, Georgia tells him she is alone and it is “a long way” to get back to her mum.
In a bid to calm her nerves, Matts gets her to talk about her cat, named Tiger, and the cows on the farm, before asking her for details of the accident.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter member Graham Nickisson said Georgia continued to help the first responders with information as they arrived at the farm.
“Georgia’s ability to provide critical information to our helicopter crew, ground paramedics and the clinicians on board when we arrived was nothing short of amazing,” he said.
“Her clear instructions, information and maturity in handling what was a very difficult and challenging incident, all contributed to ensuring her mum received the urgent care she needed.”
Mum, Natalie Ritter, was “very proud” of her daughter as she received her award on Friday.
“We’re incredibly thankful for how things turned out that day and it’s wonderful to see her actions acknowledged in this way,” she said.