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Adorable tiny hero among those honoured by South Simcoe Police (6 photos)

Seven-year-old Cassandra Considine saved her father's life

Seven-year-old Cassandra Considine was the tiniest recipient at the South Simcoe Police Service Recognition Awards.

But the heroic act she was honoured for Thursday night was huge.

About 200 people joined South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher and Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer in the Town of Innisfil Council Chambers to honour officers, citizens and media at the annual event. 

Dignitaries included Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope and Bradford West-Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer along with Police Board Chair Rod Hicks, Board Vice-Chair Licinio Miguelo and Board Member Sharon Villani.

The audience was packed with proud family members and the many police officers who were also being honoured.

Cassandra was credited with saving her father's life on April 29 after he suffered a diabetic seizure while home alone with his daughter and 2-year-old son.

The tiny hero received a Citizen Award because the cool-headed youngster alerted her mom to the emergency with a Facetime call to Sudbury, where her mom was caring for her father.

Mom called police who rushed to the Bradford residence and with Simcoe County Paramedics, provided medical aid to the semi-conscious dad who was lying on the floor of his son's nursery.

"It is strongly believed that she saved her father's life. Cassandra's immediate actions warrant recognition," South Simcoe Police wrote during the presentation ceremony.

The awards began in 2015 when the Police Services Board and Police Administration recognized the need to show their appreciation to members of the police service and community for their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens. 

A group of police officers and communications staff was recognized for saving the life of a woman who had tried to hang herself.

Other officers were honoured for Excellence in Investigations for their skills, determination and 'dogged perseverance' in recovering the body of a missing boater in challenging waters.

BarrieToday received a Media Award for a story about a new South Simcoe Police Unit.