by Aila Boyd

Sidney Williamson (center) listens as Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez recounts her lifesaving actions at a city council meeting.

She became certified while in high school through the American Red Cross in order to work as a lifeguard– not to come to the rescue of a 6-year-old girl named Frida in Mission, Texas while working as a camp intern at a church.
“You most likely won’t have to use what we’re teaching you, but we do it just in case,” is what Williamson said she was told about the CPR training when she first became a lifeguard.
According to Williamson, several small miracles transpired on July 10, 2018 that allowed for Frida’s life to be spared.
That morning, Frida was dropped off at the El Mesias United Methodist Church by her parents while consuming a chicken sandwich. While eating the sandwich, she started choking. She eventually lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest.
Williamson was supposed to be inside the church working on a task, but somehow ended up outside where Frida had just been dropped off.
“God puts us in places,” Williamson said. “He has perfect timing.”
Luckily, she knew exactly what to do.

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