Cambridge Girl Credited with Saving Mothers Life


photo of Priscilla

On January 25, 9-year-old Priscilla Tsagli of Cambridge called 9-1-1 when her mother accidentally swallowed a large calcium gel cap which lodged in her throat, partially obstructing her air supply, and causing a life-threatening situation.

Priscilla quickly called 9-1-1 and spoke to Cambridge Emergency Telecommunications Dispatcher William Porter at the Cambridge Emergency Communications Center. William, following emergency medical dispatch protocol with some key questions and advice, stayed on the phone with Priscilla and helped her to remain calm until emergency personnel arrived.

“It’s amazing that during such a scary situation this young girl was able to think clearly and dial 9-1-1,” said George Fosque, Director of the City of Cambridge Emergency Communications Department. “I’m extremely proud of our dispatcher William Porter for helping Priscilla stay calm while other ECC staff dispatched help to her home. Priscilla and William made a great team, and because of both of their efforts, Priscilla’s mother is alive and well today.”

The City of Cambridge Emergency Communications Department recently honored Priscilla as a “Cambridge 9-1-1 Hero” for her efforts in saving her mother’s life and submitted her story in hopes she would be chosen to receive a Local 9-1-1 Heroes Award.

Both Priscilla Tsagli and dispatcher William Porter were selected and will be awarded the Medal of Honor and 9-1-1 Heroes Certificate at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 9-1-1 Heroes Awards® Ceremony & Press Conferenceon Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at the Yard House Restaurant in Boston.

William Porter and Priscilla Tsagli.
Priscill and Cambridge 9-1-1 Dispatcher William Porter

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