Local teen recognized for saving mother’s life
Citizen Telegram Contributor
SILT — The annual awards ceremony and luncheon for emergency first responders was held at Colorado River Fire Protection District Station on Saturday, Jan. 9, and although most of those honored were with a local agency, there was at least one civilian recognized.
Braxton Hauser, 15, was honored for his extraordinary efforts last April in helping to save the life of his mother, Toni Hauser.
Braxton was awarded the Citizen Lifesaving Achievement Award for his actions that day. He is the first recipient of the award, according to Thad Vroman, a firefighter who spoke at the ceremony.
Toni was in the living room of the family’s Apple Tree home with her 2-year-old grandson, Jeffery McFarland, when she collapsed on April 11, The Citizen Telegram previously reported.
Her husband, Bill, was taking a class at nearby New Creation Church, but Braxton, who was 14 at the time, and his friend, Patrick Lewis, were in the kitchen preparing a snack when they heard Toni fall to the floor.
The two found her lying face down on the carpet, unresponsive. The quick thinking Braxton moved his nephew to a safe place while his friend Patrick called 911.
Dispatcher Tiffany Tittes answered the call from Lewis at 12:41 p.m. Tittes talked the boys through CPR instruction and when the paramedics arrived at the Hauser home, a mere six minutes after Tittes had dispatched them, they found Braxton giving his mother chest compressions.
The first responders were able to use a defibrillator to get Toni’s heart back in rhythm and quickly transported her to Valley View Hospital.
That was nowhere near the end of the ordeal for Toni. She was in a medically induced coma until April 18 and wasn’t released from the hospital until May 20.
Even now, she still breathes with the aid of a tube inserted in her trachea. Speaking is difficult for Toni and her speech is very quiet and deliberate.
During the award presentation, Toni hugged dispatcher Tittes and the other first responders who helped save her life.
Afterwards, in a trembling voice that rose just above a whisper, Hauser spoke of the importance of family in her life.
“My son … my family, they are everything to me. I’m just so grateful to still be here,” she said.
Braxton said that he could imagine becoming a firefighter someday and that he likes to play video games when he’s not saving lives.
“‘Call Of Duty,’ that’s my favorite,” he said.
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