Quick thinking 5-year-old helps save dad's life
SEATTLE -- A little boy is being hailed as a hero for helping save his dad's life. The father had a seizure, and the 5-year-old boy kicked in to action.
911 dispatcher Ellen Mauerman has gotten calls from kids before, and she said most times those calls turn out to be nothing. That wasn't the case when little Quincy Hall called to say his dad was sick.
"I thought, 'Oh great, there's a little boy who's learned how to call 911 and he's playing," Mauerman said.
But Quincy wasn't playing. His father had just suffered a grand mal seizure and was in desperate need of medical attention.
While on the phone with Mauerman, Quincy tried to comfort his dad.
"Daddy, it's okay," he said. "I called the doctor. I called the doctor, daddy."
Quincy did the right thing calling 911, but he did so on a cell phone. He didn't have a complete address, so the medical crew went into overdrive using technology to zero in on the home.
911 dispatcher Lisa Brockmeuller started tracking the latitude and longitude coordinates from the cell phone signal, which gave crews a general location. She then tracked the cell phone number and found it had been used in previous emergency calls.
Putting all the information together, the dispatchers were able to point medics to the exact address is just three minutes. A minute and a half later, aid personnel arrived and were able to save Chris Hall's life.
For his part in saving his dad's life, Quincy was given a certificate of appreciation from the 911 communications center.
As it turns out, the boy had been trained well.
"Because Chris has a seizure disorder, I've told him how to call 911," said Hall's fiance, Trisha Teigen.
Hall recovered from the seizure but couldn't attend Monday's award ceremony because of the flu.