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Tucson 6-year-old credited with saving grandmothers life

Presented the Sheriff's Citizen Medal
Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 20:10:16-04

A 6-year-old has been awarded the Sheriff's Citizen Medal after his assistance saved his grandmother's life.

Phillip Suarez was driving with his grandmother Kelli Candelaria on September 17, 2015 when she began having severe chest pains. 

Candelaria pulled into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex parking lot and realized she was having a heart attack. 

She told Phillip to run into the facility and ask someone to call 911. 

Phillip kissed his grandmother on the cheek, said he would be right back and ran across the parking lot toward the facility entrance.

He approached two people inside, Corrections Sergeant James Brown and Special Office Supervisor Renee Mattas, who called the Tucson Fire Department.

The two stayed with Phillip as his grandmother received care. 

Phillip's grandmother was in a lot of pain but remembers being amazed at how calm Phillip remained and said that she even watched him look both ways before crossing the parking lot. 

Candelaria has made a full recovery since the incident in 2015.

Sheriff Chris Nanos presented Phillip Suarez with the Sheriff’s Citizen Medal.