An eight-year-old boy and three-year-old girl who helped save their dad’s life are among 17 Victorians hailed as local heroes.

Phoenix Pool and his sister Winter Paget raised the alarm when they noticed their father was confused and not behaving normally, and stayed on the phone to triple zero until an ambulance arrived.

The pair were recognised along with others who saved the lives of fellow Victorians at the Ambulance Victoria Community Heroes award ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday.

“”I remember I went to go give dad a hug and he woke up and he wasn’t making any sense, and a couple of minutes later I called mum,” Phoenix told 3AW, admitting he was frightened.

When a triple zero operator called the house, Phoenix kept them informed about his dad’s condition until an ambulance arrived, while his sister offered support.

“We have some of the most highly skilled paramedics in the world, but medical emergencies can occur anytime, anywhere,” associate professor Tony Walker, chief executive of Ambulance Victoria, said.

“”It’s important we recognise and take inspiration as a community from the confidence that each of our heroes showed to put their own fear aside and step in to help someone in a life or death situation.”

Their dad is still in hospital three months later, after being diagnosed with meningicoccal and just this week losing both his legs to the disease.

They recently appeared on The Project, watch below

We are thinking of the family and wish them well x

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  • Awww… Such a feel good story.
    What amazing kids.


  • I saw this on TV. These kids are so incredible!


  • Heroes come in all sizes and packages. How smart were they to notice something was wrong with their Dad and knew what to do. Such a lovely family. Their Dad and Mum must be so proud of them. Dad may have lost his legs but the children still have their Dad with them and that’s all that matters in the end


  • A gorgeous family. He and his wife must be so proud.


  • Amazing children you have


  • Wow, impressed with these kids taking such accurate action !
    Sorry to hear that dad is still in hospital three months later, after being diagnosed with meningicoccal and just this week losing both his legs to the disease !!
    Hope and pray he will recover !


  • Congratulations to all Little Heroes. Little Heroes have saved 100s of lives over the last few years.


  • Well done to the kids, they should be very proud of themselves. Little champions for staying so calm and focused to get the help to their dad that he needed


  • We’ll done to them. Kids can remarkably clever and strong if they need to. I hope their daddy recovers from his disease.


  • Congratulations to all the little heroes.


  • Brave of the kids to take action – they were probably scared.


  • Good on the kids for making the call,sorry to hear the loss of his legs though. Wishing the family all the best for the future.


  • What a horrible thing to happen. Glad the kids were there and realized it was a serious situation and called the mother!!


  • Poor family but great work kids hopefully Dad is out of hospital soon.


  • Cute little heroes well done and it’s sad that thevdad lost his legs but he survived at least


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