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