Marcellus children come to babysitter's rescue

Youngsters who helped save the life of Peg Gilmour of Falls Road, Marcellus on March 11 were recognized for their heroism March 15 at the annual Ralph Share American Legion Post's St. Patrick's Party.

This is Gilmour's story in her own words:

"I recently had knee replacement surgery and the flu. Friends' children usually come to my home after school each day until their parents can pick them up. Last Tuesday (March 11), I was still suffering from the flu. I gave the children a snack and went into the living room to sit in the recliner because I had a wicked headache. That's the last I remember until two sheriffs were at my side trying to wake me up and my neighbor from across the street, Mrs. Abbott, calling my name.

"It seems as though I had a seizure of some sort. The remarkable thing was the children. One of the boys came into the living room and told his sister I looked kind of purple, and wouldn't answer him. He told her to go across the street to the neighbor for help. This boy is only nine years old and his sister is 10. He sort of took over the situation and got help for me and may well have saved my life. The children were wonderful as were the sheriffs and paramedics. I was taken away by ambulance to Crouse Hospital, where I was treated for a first-time seizure.

"I am very proud of these kids for their calmness under such stress and also that they had the presence of mind to get help as soon as possible. The kids even got their coats, boots and book bags on because they knew that they would have to go somewhere. Luckily, the neighbor stayed with the children. I am personally amazed that a sister and two brothers knew what to do and none of them cried or became upset.

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