6-year-old calls 911 to help ailing mom on interstate

2014-06-07T18:55:00Z 2014-06-07T22:39:24Z 6-year-old calls 911 to help ailing mom on interstateTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 07, 2014 6:55 pm  • 

LAKE STATION | A 6-year-old Thornton boy told police he did what his teachers and mother taught him to do Saturday when she suffered a medical emergency while driving: Call 911.

The child reached Indiana State Police just after 4 p.m. Saturday. Senior Trooper Dan Avitia discovered the child's mother had a medical emergency on westbound Interstate 80 just west of Ripley Street. 

The 31-year-old woman parked her Toyota SUV on the outer shoulder just before she experienced the medical problem, police said. Avitia called for an ambulance and found the woman's two sons, ages 4 and 6, inside.

The 6-year-old told the officer he was the one who called 911.

The woman was transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart for treatment. Both children were released to the care of a relative.

The family was returning from a birthday party.

"While you hope your child never has to deal with an emergency situation, this shows the importance of a child knowing what to do in case they face one," Avitia said.

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