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(CNN) -- Alesaundra Tafoya's parents have been teaching their daughter about safety in their Northern California community, pointing out such safe havens as fire stations if she ever finds herself in trouble.

They weren't, however, expecting 3-year-old Alesaundra to call upon those lessons when one of them needed help -- but that's exactly what she did Friday when her father collapsed in their Manteca, California, home.

Frank Tafoya told CNN affiliate KOVR that he "took a mixture of medication I wasn't supposed to at the time -- a bed-time dose -- and I guess I collapsed."

Alesaundra did exactly what she was taught -- walking two blocks to reach Fire Station 243, a firehouse the family passes daily.

Once there, she told firefighters that her dad was "frozen" and wouldn't wake up, according to KOVR.

"I've been here over 20 years," Capt. Robert Villalovoz said. "It's the first time I've had a 3-year-old walk up to the fire station."

Alesaundra then escorted rescuers back to her house, where her father was "sitting in the living room, needing medical care," Villalovoz said.

Doctors told KOVR that without the prompt medical attention, Frank Tafoya would have died.

"She's been listening," her mother said Saturday. "What we've been teaching her she's been listening and that's good."
Toddler walks two blocks to reach medical help for her father - CNN.com

Video included in the link. It's awesome. What an awesome little girl who did a brave thing and quite possibly saved her dad from serious health reprecussions or even death.

Really heart warming story.
 

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Not so awesome that she's having to deal with a dad dying of a drug overdose.
Good thing she's getting some practice, though.
I'm sure this won't be the last time she has to rescue dad from a near-fatal OD.
 

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Let me douse this happy news with cynicism if I may.

WHY did they teach her to WALK to the fire station? Don't they have a PHONE to teach her to use instead?

I'm lost - did they *not* actually teach her to walk there - but perhaps they were teaching her 'this is the fire station, these people will help if something bad happens" and she took that to heart quite literally - something bad happened so she decided to go get them.

Because heavens help this poor child if her parents told her to physically go there.
 

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I'm sure this won't be the last time she has to rescue dad from a near-fatal OD.
You reckon that's what it was? That was kind of my reaction too. But you never know.

Let me douse this happy news with cynicism if I may.

WHY did they teach her to WALK to the fire station? Don't they have a PHONE to teach her to use instead?
If you watch the video, they say that as the drove past certain spots such as the fire station, they pointed it out to her, she remembered where to go.

I'm lost - did they *not* actually teach her to walk there - but perhaps they were teaching her 'this is the fire station, these people will help if something bad happens" and she took that to heart quite literally - something bad happened so she decided to go get them.
Yep that's it.

Because heavens help this poor child if her parents told her to physically go there.
They did not...

 

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LOL - good! I was gonna say :)
 
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