The Duke of Cambridge attended the Pride of Britain Awards Monday evening, where he helped honour some of the most brave and selfless citizens the U.K. has to offer this world. This year’s ceremony put the spotlight on the many unsung heroes — those who work with emergency services and had their hands full in a year that saw the country hit with terrorist attacks as well as the devastating fire ot Grenfell Tower. Needless to say, it’s been rough.
But one hero stood out from the rest: five-year-old Suzie McCash. She was there to receive the Child of Courage honour, and it was her impressive action that had Prince William needing to meet her.
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During a pre-party reception, William chatted with Suzie, who dialed 999 (Britain’s version of 911) and stayed calm as she spoke to emergency responders, describing the symptoms of her mother, who had collapsed and stopped breathing. Suzie was four at the time, reports The Telegraph.
William admitted to the girl that he didn’t know if Prince George would react the same way.
“I have a four-year-old called George, and if I gave him a telephone I do not know what he would do,” William told Suzie. “Do you know what? I’m going to have a conversation with my George about what to do because of what you’ve done. It’s really important.”
This is a conversation every parent needs to have with their children. Because you never know. Suzie is truly an inspiration to all kids out there; no matter how big or small or young a child is, they are capable of doing many things — including saving a life.
Of course, every person is different, especially when it comes to dealing with any sort of emergency or scary situation, but it’s apparent Suzie’s parents taught their daughter what to do and how to handle herself. Not only can George learn how to respond to an emergency if need be, but so can Charlotte. It’s never too early.