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Little Long Island Girl Gets Liberty Medal For Saving Brother’s Life

Grace Varley (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Grace Varley (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - For saving her brother’s life, a 5-year-old Long Island girl on Friday received the New York State Senate Liberty Medal.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

A couple of weeks ago, Grace Varley called 911 when he brother was choking on a chicken nugget, reported WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

The award was presented by State Senators Charles Fuschillo and Owen Johnson and Grace is the youngest recipient ever. It is one of the state’s highest civilian honors.

The little girl had a big smile on her face.

“How does it feel to get an award today?” asked Hall.

“Great,” she said.

Grace’s mother began to cry as she thought about what could have happened.

“I think she just wanted to make sure her brother was okay and she said that ‘I didn’t want him to die.’ and when I think of that, for her to have known that’s how bad the situation was…” Alison Varley told Hall.

After 2-year-old Myles Varley stopped breathing, their grandmother ran outside to get help. That is when grace called 911.

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