SPOKANE, Wash. – A 5-year old boy in Washington State saved his father’s life Sunday morning.
The 46-year old man, Robert Paget, was suffering a stroke while driving through Oregon. Through the help of dispatch centers both in Spokane and Oregon, OSP troopers and medical responders in Umatilla County, the vehicle was located and the man taken to the hospital.
The boy’s mother, Rachel Bardwell, phoned Spokane police after her son reached out to her saying they needed help because his father was having a medical emergency. The boy did not know where he was, but reportedly told his mother he was possibly somewhere in Oregon.
Spokane 9-1-1 was able to pinpoint Paget’s location through his cell phone company, near Stanfield, Oregon. At this point, OSP troopers were able to locate the vehicle with the help of Oregon dispatcher Heather Whitaker.
OSP Trooper Joseph Dezso called Paget’s cell phone after thinking he may be suffering from a stroke. The phone was given to his son who provided many details of the surrounding area, helping Trooper Dezso and Trooper John Lombardi to spot the vehicle.
Hermistone Fire & Rescue medical responders arrived on the scene around 8:00 Sunday morning. Paget was transported by ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington where he reportedly remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. Family members said he is showing encouraging signs of improvement.
The OSP troopers and medical responders which aided in the incident praise the young boy for his bravery during a difficult and terrifying situation.
Rachael Bardwell said she recently spoke with her son, Dax, about how to unlock the screen and call his mom or dad in an emergency. She urges parents to know the importance of teaching their kids to use technology for emergency purposes, including teaching your child how to find important phone numbers, how to unlock the screen, how to find the key pad on a smartphone, and when to call 911.
“Luckily, Dax was able to call me and I was able to use Spokane 911 to contact Oregon State Police dispatch to help find my son, his father, and the vehicle they were in,” Rachael said.
Rachel told police her son would like to be a police officer one day. Despite the unfortunate situation, Dax enjoyed spending time with Trooper Dezso.
Teaching your children how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency can help get emergency responders to the scene quickly and may help save a life. Here is a link to a wireless carrier’s advice on teaching children to dial 9-1-1: