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White Plains Boy, 6, Is 'City's Youngest Hero'

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Garv Agarwal was coloring and watching television when his mother suffered a seizure and was lying helpless on the floor of her White Plains home Wednesday.

The 6-year-old jumped into action by calling 911, earning a certificate of good conduct presented to him Friday morning by Public Safety Commissioner David Chong. The Church Street School first-grader also received a junior police officer's badge, a White Plains Police Department baseball cap and a White Plains Police patch for his bravery and quick thinking.

Garv said at the West Harrison preschool he attended he learned not to call 911 unless it was an emergency. When his mother suffered a seizure at about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, he knew what to do. Garv followed the 911 operator's instructions, including confirming his address, relaying instructions to his mother and opening the door for police and EMS crews when they arrived about three minutes later.

Garv's mother, Kirti, 32, was taken to White Plains Hospital, where she stayed for about two hours. Kirti said she was talking on the phone when the seizure occurred. She speculated it was due to stress, but couldn't say for sure.

"Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages," Chong said. "At the Department of Public Safety we like to recognize our heroes. Today we recognize the City of White Plains' youngest hero, Garv Agarwal."

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