ADAMS — When Cody Stojda walked into his kitchen on the morning of Nov. 18, he found his mom unconscious and not breathing on the floor.
Quickly and calmly, he called 911.
When Officer Gregory Charon and Sgt. Matthew Wright responded, they were soon able to reposition his mother to reopen her airway and allow her to resume breathing.
"It was very smooth," Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa said of Cody's 911 call. "To get that calmness, that rationale from an 8-year-old is phenomenal. That's what makes this stand out so much."
With his mother in the audience, Cody was recognized by the Adams Police Department at a Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday for his quick thinking and calm demeanor, which ultimately saved his mother's life.
In recognition of his aptitude for handling emergencies, Cody was named an honorary police officer for the day during the upcoming school vacation. His first assignment will be to report to Sgt. Wright for duty.
Last year, the Adams Police Department received 1,461 emergency 911 calls. But Cody's stood out to the officers who responded and stayed with him at the police station until he could be picked up by an older brother.
During their visits to local school, police emphasize the importance of calling 911 during emergencies.
"We tell them everything that involves a call," Tarsa said. "Here's a perfect example of how that works out, how it pays off."
Selectman Joseph Nowak congratulated Cody and said he was glad to see important lessons get to children through the schools.
"This is the kind of good-feeling story that makes Adams a nice little small town," Nowak said.