Three-year old Alesaundra Tafoya walked to blocks to Fire Station 243. The family passes by this Fire Station everyday, which is how little Alesaundra knew where to go. The family says that they have been teaching their daughter about safety and what to do in an emergency, but they never thought that those skills would be tested in this way.
Alesaundra’s dad, Frank, says, “I took a mixture of medication I wasn’t supposed to at the time — a bed-time dose — and I guess I collapsed.” It was this collapse that caused Alesaundra to walk the two blocks to the fire station. Coming upon Captain Robert Villalovoz, Alesaundra told the Captain that her daddy was “frozen” and wouldn’t wake up.
“I’ve been here over 20 years. This is the first time I’ve had a 3-year-old walk up to the fire station.” Not only did she walk straight to the fire station, but she then escorted the rescue team back to her house where they found Frank in the living room needing immediate medical attention. Doctors say that any longer and Frank would have died. Alesaundra saved her father’s life that day. She knew that her father needed help and it was up to her to get it.
This is indeed an extraordinary little girl who proves that a big hero can come in a small package.