TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Philip Suarez didn't start out his day thinking he'd be a hero, but he sure ended that way. On Sept. 17, Kelli Candelaria, Philip's grandmother had been driving with her grandson, when she began having severe chest pain. She pulled into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex parking lot and realized she was having a heart attack.
According to PCSD she parked her car and told her grandson Philip, to run into the building and ask someone to call 911. Philip, without hesitation kissed his grandmother's cheek and told her 'he would be right back.' He then ran across the parking lot toward the building.
Corrections Sergeant James Brown and Special Office Supervisor Renee Mattas were the first people the 6-year-old approached. They immediately called the Tucson Fire Department and then went to attend Candelaria.
After EMS arrived, Sgt. Brown and Mattas remained with Philip, while his grandmother was treated. He received coloring books, crayons and stickers to help occupy his time.
Candelaria, who had previous heart problems and was in a lot of pain, remembers how calm her grandson was throughout the ordeal. She recalled he even looked both ways before he crossed the parking lot. She has since made a full recovery.
Philip, for his bravery, calm demeanor and assistance in saving Candelaria's life, was presented the Sheriff's Citizen Medal.