5-year-old boy saves Alberta mom’s life with 911 call

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WATCH ABOVE: He is one brave little boy, and his mom says it if wasn't for him, she wouldn't be here today. As Quinn Campbell reports, a five-year-old boy called 911 after his mom collapsed and now, his family is urging all parents to teach their children how to call for help – Feb 4, 2016

TABER, Alta.- Five-year-old Dane DeGraw knew exactly what to do when his mom collapsed on the bathroom floor on Dec. 27. He said someone had taught him how to call for help.

“My mom, she said to call 9-1-1.”

WATCH: A portion of the 911 call Dane McGaw made on Dec. 27 after his mom collapsed at their home in Taber.

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RAW: 5-year old calls 911, saves mom’s life – Feb 4, 2016

Dane’s mom, Joley, said they had practiced calling 911 and giving their address and other information over the phone to a dispatcher–a situation she hoped would never play out in real life, but did.

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Ashley Edgson was the dispatcher who took Dane’s 911 call . She said she was amazed at the five-year-old’s composure.

“He was brave, he was so calm, he knew exactly what his address was. A lot of people get frantic, and he was able to say everything and answer all the questions clearly and accurately.”

Dane never lost sight of why he called 911 and how serious the situation was.

“I was thinking, ‘I hope my mom is going to be OK’.”

Joley DeGraw thanks first responder Gerdine Oosterwijk. who attended her home in December after her son called 911.
Dane DeGraw poses with 911 dispatcher Ashley Edgson.
Dane DeGraw was presented with a certificate from Insp. Graham Abela with the Taber Police Service.
Dane and his mom talk to reporters after he was honoured for calling 911.

Paramedic Travis Scott and his partner arrived shortly after police. He said he was amazed at the brave little boy who answered the door.

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“I was really impressed. That’s something I don’t think I have ever seen before in my career, or even heard about,” Scott said.

“He is a very special little boy and that is something that is going to stay with me for a very long time.”

Dane’s mom said she’s sharing their story so all parents realize how important it is for children to know their address and phone number and how to call 911.

“It’s never to early to learn. This young man of mine saved my life that day, I truly believe that. He’s my angel.”

Dane was recognized at an assembly at his school in Taber Thursday morning. Police told the elementary students Dane’s story, and encouraged all children to learn their address and phone number.

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