By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN When 6-year-old Cody Lambert of Delano couldn’t wake his mother one day in October before school, he knew something was wrong.
Cody called his uncle, who in turn called another relative, who then called paramedics. Cody’s mother, Julie Lambert, was suffering a diabetic reaction and would not wake up.
Paramedics arrived on scene and revived Julie, who was transported by ambulance to Allina Hospital in Buffalo. She spent several hours there until her blood sugar levels were brought back up.
Julie has dealt with diabetes since she was in her 30s, and has had several other incidents relating to diabetes in recent years, including when she was pregnant with Cody.
Julie and Cody have lived in Delano for the past five years. Cody’s father, Michael Lambert, is from Buffalo. Julie said she previously lived in Shakopee, but relocated to Delano to be closer to family.
For his actions the morning of Oct. 14, Cody has been nominated for a national American Legion Auxiliary “youth hero and good deed award.”
Cody and Julie have also become members of the Sons of the American Legion, and were recognized with a certificate of merit at the Delano American Legion’s Veterans Day dinner Nov. 11.
Delano Elementary School paraprofessional Karla Otterness is the president of the Winsted American Legion Auxiliary, and mentioned to her Delano counterparts that Cody could perhaps be nominated for the national award, according to Delano American Legion Secretary Pam Hoshal.
The certificate of merit commended Cody for having “knowledge of many beyond his years and knowing what to do in an emergency.”
Cody was also honored with the Tiger Paw Award at Delano Elementary School. Cody attends the first grade and is in Nicole Jensen’s class. He is also active in Cub Scouts.
“For us, when we heard the story about what Cody did, I think our staff was really proud of him not only as a student, but also certainly as a child at his age to have that type of wherewithal to make that type of call when he knew his mom was sick and not herself,” Delano Elementary School Principal Darren Schuler said. “Just knowing the signs of when a diabetic gets to that point is pretty amazing.”
Schuler said Cody is a very responsible young man, and said “you can certainly tell that he is much older than his chronological age in many ways.”
“Cody is a kid who always comes to school with a big smile,” Schuler added. “He loves coming to school each day, and the staff certainly notices that and appreciates that, and just his positive attitude toward life.”