© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Five-year-old Alexander Routledge received a Rescuer Award from the Canadian Red Cross Monday night in Amherst. Presenting the award is Ancel Langille, Canadian Red Cross manager of operations in Nova Scotia. Alexander's three-year-old sister Shawna is looking over his shoulder.
JACKSONS POINT – The Red Cross often presents a Rescuer Award to people who save lives but rarely do they present the award to a five-year-old.
Alexander Routledge is one of those rare exceptions.
Routledge saved a life in the summer of 2012 when he was four-years-old, and was presented with the Red Cross Rescuer Award during the Red Cross' Volunteer Recognition night Monday night in Amherst.
Asked how it felt to receive the award, Alexander said, "Good."
Last summer Alexander's grandfather Tom was sitting down for supper at their home at Jacksons Point near Tidnish, when Alexander said, "grampy, I have to go down the road."
Tom said he wasn't sure where Alexander was heading.
Alexander came back within minutes and said to his grandparents, "Janet is sick, come quick."
Janet is a woman up the road that Alexander and his three-year-old sister Shawna often go to visit.
Alexander said that when he went up the road he found Janet was laying on her bed.
"I went in the room and checked on her and I came up the road to tell nanny to call the ambulance," said Alexander.
"The paramedic said that if he hadn't found her when he did she would have gone into a diabetic coma," said Tom.
"He had saved her life."
It wasn't the first time Alexander found Janet in distress.
In 2011 Alex, then the age of three, and Shawna, then two, wanted to visit Janet.
Tom took them to her house and noticed the dog barking strangely.
"The kids went in as they normally do and called me to say Janet was on the floor," said Tom.
"I went into the house and found she was going into a diabetic coma," he added. "I got her to her bed and called 9-11."
Tom says that Janet calls Alexander and Shawna her guardian angels.
"She's very grateful," said Tom. "When I go down there with the kids she says, 'don't you scold those kids in front of me.'
"I'm not aloud to do anything with them down there," he added. "When she's around I can't holler at them because she gives me hell."
Alexander's mom, Jennifer Routledge, said, "I am very, very proud of my son."
"I'm very happy he saved somebody's life and I am very proud that he did something like that," she said.
The Canadian Red Cross is also proud of Alexander.
"We tend to think a person needs to be first aid certified in order to be able to provide care or assistance for someone in need but, as exampled by Alexander, that's not the case," said Ancel Langille, Canadian Red Cross manager of operations in Nova Scotia. "Alexander didn't have any training but he used his mind and he made a good decision."
The certificate Alexander was presented with reads:
"To Alexander Routledge for demonstrating the power of humanity by alerting an adult, thereby helping a person in medical distress. Such actions are promoted by the Canadian Red Cross and should inspire others, regardless of age, to also call for help and seek medical aid whenever the need arises."