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Zeiger student honored for heroic action
Zeiger student honored for heroic action
Posted on 06/21/2018

Zeiger Elementary fifth-grader Zoya Cooper did everything right that day. She remained calm, she called 911, and she relayed instructions for cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) like a pro.

And she helped save her grandmother’s life.

One day recently, when Cooper woke up she found that her grandmother was having difficulty breathing. She immediately woke her mother and then called 911. She gave them her address, then she stayed on the phone to relay CPR instructions from the 911 dispatcher to her mother.

She remained calm and let the paramedics in the house when they arrived. At that time her grandmother had a faint heartbeat and was transported to the hospital, where she is receiving ongoing medical care.

Zeiger ElementaryFrom left: Malinda Cooper, Zoya Cooper, Zeiger Counselor Leah Chamberlain, and Deputy Sutherland

Cooper was recognized by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department during a school assembly on June 21. School Resource Officer, Deputy Dave Sutherland, presented her with the Citizen Appreciation Award for her ‘quick thinking, calm demeanor, and steady focus during a very scary situation.’

Sutherland shared with students, “It doesn’t matter how old you are — you guys can make a difference. Zoya made a big impact on her family.”

Cooper’s mother, Malinda Cooper, presented her with a large bouquet of flowers. “She has a strong heart and soul. We’re very proud of her,” said her mother.

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