5-year-old hero saves mom

January 9, 2009 3:25:45 PM PST
A quick-thinking suburban kindergartener reacted as well as any adults around when his mother collapsed as they walked home from the bus stop. Aidan Franklin, 5, grabbed his mom's cell phone and dialed 911.

Aidan Franklin is a hero for getting first aid to his mother Megan as she lay prone outside their unincorporated Northbrook apartment.

"My son he gets off the bus at the parking lot over there, and we just walked down the street over here, and as you can see, there's a ton of ice and water build up here," said Megan Blanchette-Rice, mother of Aidan.

DISPATCH: LET ME TALK TO YOUR MOM

AIDAN: MOMMY FELL AND SHE CAN'T GET UP

DISPATCH: OK CAN I TALK TO HER SO I CAN GET THE ADDRESS?

In the nearly four minute call Aidan offered the address and displayed patience with Cook County 911 dispatcher Sherry Holler.

DISPATCH: 35 0 WHAT?

AIDAN: 35... 35...

DISPATCH: 3508...

AIDAN: 35... 3508 SALEM WALK

DISPATCH: SALEM WALK?

AIDAN: YEAH.

DISPATCH: OK, ARE YOU GUYS OUTSIDE?

AIDAN: MY SISTER IS UPSTAIRS.

DISPATCH: OK WHERE IS YOUR MOM? IS YOUR MOM OUTSIDE OR IS SHE UPSTAIRS?

AIDAN: OUTSIDE.

DISPATCH: OK, HANG ON ONE SECOND YOU SAID 3508, RIGHT?

AIDAN: RIGHT.

DISPATCH: OK AND YOUR MOM FELL DOWN, HANG ON ONE SEC, DON'T HANG UP ON ME, HOLD ON A MINUTE.

AIDAN: OK.

Moments passed, a time Aidan uses to bang on doors in the apartment complex looking for help, still keeping the cell line open, when the Glenview ambulance house comes on the line.

AIDAN: GET MY MOMMY AN AMBULANCE.

DISPATCH: OK WE ARE ON THE WAY I JUST HAVE SOME QUESTIONS I NEED TO ASK HER, OK?

AIDAN: OK. (PAUSE) MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMY!

"Mommy fell down on the ice," said Aidan. "I called 911...because it was an emergency."

Mother Megan has been suffering from fatigue for unknown reasons.

Aidan has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, but clearly, when the chips were down, he had the focus of a calm, cool professional. And has earned the gratitude and accolades of his parents, classmates and neighbors.


Load Comments