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FORT DRUM — Post officials on Tuesday presented a new award to a girl who calmly called 911 to help her mother.

Jazlynn Weintraub, 8, received the “9-1-1 Hero Award” for her call just after midnight May 12, when her mother, Christy M., who is deaf, fell in the shower reaching for the towel rack and hit her head.

Mrs. Weintraub said surgeries to both Achilles tendons affected her balance. Jazlynn’s father, Sgt. Samuel Z. Weintraub, was on duty and had no cellphone reception.

“I was thinking what would happen,” Jazlynn said. “I was wondering if my mom was going to be OK.”

The 8-year-old relayed information such as her address and her mother’s condition to first responders.

“She was the adult in that situation,” said Julie A. Hovey, a Jefferson County 911 dispatcher who took the call, which was played at the ceremony.

After emergency crews responded, Jazlynn interpreted for her mother, and helped crews find a place for her and her younger brother, Coty, 6, to stay as Mrs. Weintraub went to Samaritan Medical Center.

Both Sgt. and Mrs. Weintraub said they were proud of Jazlynn’s actions that night. Though Jazlynn’s call happened minutes after Mother’s Day, Mrs. Weintraub said it was the best gift she’d ever received for the holiday.

Post officials plan to give the honor to other children responding to emergencies.

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