Boy, 5, Calls 911 After Mother Suffer...

Boy, 5, Calls 911 After Mother Suffers Seizure

There are 23 comments on the WFMZ story from Feb 1, 2010, titled Boy, 5, Calls 911 After Mother Suffers Seizure. In it, WFMZ reports that:

FORKS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A 5-year-old Northampton County boy is getting a lot of attention for making a crucial phone call to help his mom.

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april

AOL

#1 Feb 2, 2010
I think that the 911 operator should have tried harder to get the address rather than asking so many needless questions. He should have told the boy to go look for a piece of paper that mommy gets out of the mailbox, look in mommys purse for her id, stay on the line but call 911 from the house phone, etc. It didn't seem like he was really prepared to handle this call. Just my opinion though. I'm proud of tyler for staying calm and answering all the questions..and I'm sure his mommy is really proud of him.
Jessi

Hartford, CT

#2 Feb 2, 2010
This is so great i tink all children should be aware of what to do if there is an emergency!

Great Job Tyler!!
Just Another Mom

United States

#3 Feb 2, 2010
Wow! This is a great story! Way to go Tyler for helping your Mommy like that!
Old School

United States

#4 Feb 2, 2010
Way to go Tyler!
cheryl

New Orleans, LA

#5 Feb 2, 2010
Not too many 5 year old's read that good or read at all, and im sure not to many 911 operators have 5 year olds calling on a daily basis, so im pretty sure the operator was thrown off about how young this person sounded.
april wrote:
I think that the 911 operator should have tried harder to get the address rather than asking so many needless questions. He should have told the boy to go look for a piece of paper that mommy gets out of the mailbox, look in mommys purse for her id, stay on the line but call 911 from the house phone, etc. It didn't seem like he was really prepared to handle this call. Just my opinion though. I'm proud of tyler for staying calm and answering all the questions..and I'm sure his mommy is really proud of him.
Heather

Homer, NY

#6 Feb 2, 2010
Not everyone has a house phone, April.
Friend of Dispatchers

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Feb 2, 2010
I know the dispatcher. He has children of his own and knows how to deal with them. This child was mumbling at times and making it hard to understand him, so the dispatcher had to keep asking him questions over again. And with children this age, when you ask questions repeatedly, sometimes they remember things and will give an answer. And a lot of 5 year olds can't read. And if you remember, this was on MLK Day, so they may not have had mail laying around when it hasn't been delivered in 2 days, especially with a baby in the house. If you were listening to the actual 911 tape, you can hear typing in the background- that is the dispatcher working the whole time he is talking to Tyler, trying to find their house in the computer system- most all houses in the county are listed in the computer and he was trying every possible way he could to find their address between the boy and the computer system. The boy did great for a 5 year old who does not know his address. But this is just a reminder for people to always teach their children from the time they can talk to know what their home address is in case of emergency.
jevon ford

Aurora, CO

#8 Feb 2, 2010
that was a very smart and brave thing you did!!
Concerned Christian

United States

#9 Feb 2, 2010
A 5-year-old is old enough to be taught how to call 911 (including giving his home address). This is especially important if his mother has had health problems in the past, but as we are all too aware, accidents can happen too. She could have fallen down the stairs, the house could have started on fire, etc. While this is a wonderful story, I am concerned that his mom never made sure he knew how to call 911. I am assuming he learned how to do it in school.
adamANTIEAMSCHOO LDISTRICT

Reading, PA

#10 Feb 2, 2010
I think that was nice and the boy should get a prize.I think the 5 year boy I think the prize should be what he wants.
Savannah

United States

#11 Feb 2, 2010
This is a great story. Good job Tyler!
MikeKnows

United States

#12 Feb 2, 2010
Good going Tyler, way to look out for your Mom
Sandietx

Rockwall, TX

#13 Feb 2, 2010
Yea agreed "Concerned Christian". I can't believe the mom didn't think a 5 year old was capable and the fact that she has health problems, she should have made sure he knew. What if he didn't call 911, he could have been horribly tramatized by his dying mom because she's not smart enough to teach him how to call 911. He's not 1 - he's 5. They are a lot more capable than a lot of people give them credit for. Good Job Tyler!!!!
HAK

Brodheadsville, PA

#14 Feb 2, 2010
april wrote:
I think that the 911 operator should have tried harder to get the address rather than asking so many needless questions. He should have told the boy to go look for a piece of paper that mommy gets out of the mailbox, look in mommys purse for her id, stay on the line but call 911 from the house phone, etc. It didn't seem like he was really prepared to handle this call. Just my opinion though. I'm proud of tyler for staying calm and answering all the questions..and I'm sure his mommy is really proud of him.
April, perhaps you weren't paying attention long enough to realize he did trying getting the house number by telling Tyler to go outside and see if there are numbers on the house. I bet you are part of the ignorant population that dials 911 to find out what channel the SuperBowl is on and for other numerous NON-EMERGENCY matters. Educate yourself before passing judgement. Good job Tyler and good job dispatcher 52.
Vive la France

Allentown, PA

#15 Feb 2, 2010
HAK wrote:
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April, perhaps you weren't paying attention long enough to realize he did trying getting the house number by telling Tyler to go outside and see if there are numbers on the house. I bet you are part of the ignorant population that dials 911 to find out what channel the SuperBowl is on and for other numerous NON-EMERGENCY matters. Educate yourself before passing judgement. Good job Tyler and good job dispatcher 52.
Your post reminds me of a story I've heard, related below:

Location: A 9-1-1 call center somewhere in the heartland of America

Typical American: "Help! I ordered a hamburger and they gave me a CHEESEBURGER! Send the police, quick, quick!"

9-1-1 Operator: "Um, sir, this line is for emergencies only."

Typical American: "What do you mean? This IS an emergency! The sign here at this fast food restaurant says I can have my food 'my way.' And I'm not getting MY WAY!"

...9-1-1 operator quietly dispatches police to arrest caller for false reports...
Bunny

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Feb 2, 2010
It is a good thing that children know there address and phone number. Tyler's mother should be very proud of him
SassySuzette

Cameron, IL

#17 Feb 2, 2010
:-) Good job, Tyler! Your mama is very lucky to have yo to look out for her!:-D
aDurr

Grand Forks, ND

#18 Feb 2, 2010
So glad WFMZ didn't just give out the address of a 5 yr old and his seizure prone mom.....
cori

Tonopah, NV

#19 Feb 2, 2010
kudos to this little boy who is obviously well aware of his surroundings......some one should get him a medal for his actions....wish there were more like him....
Mandy

Blandon, PA

#20 Feb 2, 2010
I'm so proud of Tyler and Amanda for educating her son on how to handle the situation! He 's a very courageous child, because not many know what to do in this case. As someone who also suffers from epileptic seizures, I've come into situations that people didn't know what to do or would scare them! I think it is so important to educate children and adults on how to handle seizures! Thank you

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