UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
KILLEEN -- 240 million people call 911 every year in the U.S., and 191,000 of those calls come from Central Texas. Now, one of those callers is now known as a hero.
Calls swarm the 911 call center in Belton that covers Central Texas. Last month, one of those callers was 8 year-old Treasuae Milton. A day fresh in the little girl's mind. That's the day she saved her mother.
"I wasn't nervous, I was thinking to myself I have to call 911," said Milton.
Treasurae and her brother, Bobby, were watching their favorite show when they heard a loud noise in the hallway. That thump was their mother hitting the ground after losing consciousness.
"I went to go give them their bath, and I went to make sure bobby cleaned up, and that's all I remember. The next thing I remember is getting up off the floor, and it was cold, and I had a towel. So, I was getting off the floor and Treasurae was on the phone," explained Treasurae's mother, Michelle Johnson.
Ms. Johnson was in the hallway when she collapsed. She woke up to Treasurae explaining everything's going to be okay because she had called help.
Treasurae's brother has a medical condition so her mother prepared her for emergencies, if she was alone.
Ms. Johnson says she doesn't like to think about what could have happened.
"There could have been a life lost, or one of the kids could have ran across the street trying to get the neighbor's help, and there could have been a second tragedy," Johnson said.
Fortunately, Treasurae was able to give 911 all the information they needed. That's why the 8 year-old received the third Kid Hero award in Killeen by the Central Texas Council of Governments and the 911 public education program.
Treasurae warns all children to know their information so they can be prepared too.