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Cetronia Elementary School student is credited with saving multiple lives by her brave actions during a single car rollover accident.

Allentown, Pa., July 3, 2019 – Cetronia Ambulance Corps awarded its first-ever Citizen Hero Award today, July 3, 2019, to 9-year old, Cetronia Elementary School student Mahliyah (Mia) Perez.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps CEO, Larry Wiersch; Mahliyah Perez, award recipient; Jenn Eicholtz, paradmedic on scene

It was pouring down rain the evening of Friday, April 26 in Breinigsville, Pa., when Mia was traveling in a car with an adult female driver and two other children on her way to her very first sleepover. With the treacherous weather conditions, the driver ended up losing control and hydroplaned, leaving the vehicle it on its roof, off the road and stuck between two trees. Mia had been a rear passenger on the driver’s side and the only one able to free herself.

At that moment, Mia sprang into action managing to find her way out through the trunk of the car. She proceeded to run up the road and flag down a car for help. The driver of that car asked Mia to get into their car and she refused, knowing not to get into any cars with strangers. She asked them to just follow her to the accident scene. She led them back to the car on foot and crawled back into the vehicle to remove a female toddler from her car seat and assisted in removing her 9-year old friend from the front passenger seat as well. The driver of the vehicle needed to be extricated by the Upper Macungie Fire Department.

When paramedic Jenn Eicholtz from Cetronia Ambulance Corps arrived on the scene, she was astounded by the bravery and courage shown by this young girl. After completing her accident report, Jenn went to Cetronia Ambulance Corps Director of Operations Chris Peischl, and asked that they reward Mia for her actions. CEO, Larry Wiersch of Cetronia Ambulance Corps was happy to create this award on Mia’s behalf. “It’s not every day that you see this type of bravery and courage from an adult, let alone a child. What really astounded us all in addition to her assisting with removing passengers from the vehicle was the fact that Mia stood to her grounds and practiced what she had been taught about strangers. Her mother should be very proud of Mia,” said Wiersch.

About Cetronia Ambulance Corps:

Cetronia Ambulance Corps is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Since 1955 it has proudly served Lynn, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Weisenberg and Whitehall townships, as well as portions of Lowhill, Salisbury, Greenwich and Albany Townships, and the Borough of Coplay in Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to be the leader in emergency medical services, transportation and community health resources.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps is one of the largest providers of ambulance services in Eastern Pennsylvania; employing 135 full- and part-time career associates, 20 active volunteers and boasting a total fleet of 33 vehicles, including 19 ambulances, 20 para-transit vehicles, a supervisor’s vehicle, and a special services unit. As the regional leader in High Performance EMS, Cetronia Ambulance Corps fields over 60,000 calls annually, covering an emergency service area that spans across 130 square miles, touching more than 226,000 people, and a non-emergency coverage area that encompasses five counties. Cetronia Ambulance Corps is proud to support the residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains and remains dedicated to community involvement, outreach and education in the communities it serves.


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Kim Blichar
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
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