5-Year-Old Spokane Boy Helps Save Dad's Life - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

5-Year-Old Spokane Boy Helps Save Dad's Life

Posted: Updated:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE: Oregon State Police (OSP) credits the help of a 5-year old Spokane, Washington boy for possibly saving the life of his 46-year old father who suffered a stroke while driving Sunday morning after crossing into Oregon.

With the boy's help and a joint effort involving dispatch centers in Spokane and Oregon, OSP troopers and Umatilla County medical responders found the vehicle and got the man to a hospital for treatment.

On August 18, 2013 at approximately 7:03 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a call from Spokane County, Washington 911 about a report from Rachael Bardwell that her son left with his father, Robert Paget, early in the morning and she got a call from her son that they needed help because his father was having a medical emergency at an unknown location, possibly somewhere in Oregon.

During the next few minutes, Spokane 911 worked through the father's cellular phone company to determine the phone's signal pinged on a cellular tower near Stanfield, Oregon. OSP Southern Command Center Dispatcher Heather Whitaker continually provided information to Trooper John Lombardi and Trooper Joseph Dezso as they scrambled from the Hermiston area to check Interstate 82 and Interstate 84, a main route used by travelers from Spokane into Oregon.

Trooper Dezso called Robert Paget's mobile phone and thought he may be suffering a stroke. The phone was given to his son allowing Trooper Dezso to ask several questions to try and get a description of the surroundings outside of the car. One of the most important details was provided when the boy said a train was passing by the car.

This detail helped the troopers move toward Interstate 84 west of Interstate 82 where they knew train tracks paralleled the freeway lanes.At 7:44 a.m., Trooper Lombardi spotted the vehicle on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 177. OSP dispatch relayed the information to Umatilla County 911 allowing re-direction of an ambulance that was going to a separate location several miles away where it was thought the vehicle may be at.

When Trooper Lombardi got to the car he found Robert Paget having difficulty speaking, was unable to move one side of his body, and starting to lose consciousness. Trooper Lombardi stayed with Mr. Paget until medical personnel arrived.Trooper Dezso arrived a few minutes later and brought the boy back to his patrol car where he stayed with him for the duration of incident.

Hermiston Fire & Rescue medical responders arrived on scene at 7:55 a.m. and transported Paget to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Trooper Dezso took the man's son back to the OSP Hermiston office and then later to the hospital so he could accompany his father in an ambulance as he was being transferred to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington.

Robert Paget was reported in critical condition Sunday and is expected to survive. Family members said he is showing encouraging signs of improvement. Troopers Dezso and Lombardi praised the young boy's bravery in helping guide emergency responders to help his father. "He is a very bright young man and definitely saved his dad's life. We are so glad to hear his father should pull through," said Dezso.

Rachael Bardwell said she recently talked with her son, Dax, about how to unlock the screen and call his mom or dad in an emergency. She urges parents to know the importance of teaching their kids to use technology for emergency purposes, including teaching your child how to find important phone numbers, how to unlock the screen, how to find the key pad on a smartphone, and when to call 9-1-1."

Luckily, Dax was able to call me and I was able to use Spokane 911 to contact Oregon State Police dispatch to help find my son, his father, and the vehicle they were in," said Rachael. According to Rachael, Dax wants to be a police officer some day. Despite the frightening situation involving his father's medical emergency, her son enjoyed his time spent with Trooper Dezso.

Teaching your children how to use dial 9-1-1 in an emergency can help get emergency responders to the scene quickly and may help save a life.

Here is a link to a wireless carrier's advice on teaching children to dial 9-1-1: http://support.verizonwireless.com/information/teaching-kids-911.html

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Manhunt over in Peone Prairie: Deputies confident there was only 1 suspect

    Manhunt over in Peone Prairie: Deputies confident there was only 1 suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:12:41 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriffs Deputies have stopped looking for a 2nd suspect as they believe the man they caught Wednesday night was the sole burglar. According to Deputy Mark Gregory, deputies searched into the night for the supposed 2nd burglar, but are confident this morning that there was only 1 suspect.>>
    UPDATE: SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriffs Deputies have stopped looking for a 2nd suspect in a burglary that happened Wednesday evening in Peone Prairie. Deputies believe the man they caught Wednesday was the sole burglar. According to Deputy Mark Gregory, deputies searched into the night for the supposed 2nd burglar, but are confident this morning that there was only one suspect involved.>>
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • WILDFIRE ALERT: Neighbors tackle brush fire with shovels; can't get it out

    WILDFIRE ALERT: Neighbors tackle brush fire with shovels; can't get it out

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:02:00 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Wednesday afternoon a brush fire broke out south of Spokane off Highway 195, near W Smythe and N Maple road. The fire is burning in a residential area and neighbors we talked to say they are very worried about their homes. It's not clear how the fire started, but when nearby homeowners saw smoke they ran out with shovels to try and stamp it out.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Wednesday afternoon a brush fire broke out south of Spokane off Highway 195, near W Smythe and N Maple road. The fire is burning in a residential area and neighbors we talked to say they are very worried about their homes. It's not clear how the fire started, but when nearby homeowners saw smoke they ran out with shovels to try and stamp it out.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Action Cam: 'Legally Blonde' Coming To Spokane Civic Theatre!

    Action Cam: 'Legally Blonde' Coming To Spokane Civic Theatre!

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:22:56 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Delta Nu sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. With her dog, Bruiser, in tow, Elle enrolls at Harvard in hopes of winning back her boyfriend. Along the way, Elle learns that it is better to be true to herself. The Spokane Civic Theater will be performing "Legally Blonde."
    >>
    KHQ.COM - Delta Nu sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. With her dog, Bruiser, in tow, Elle enrolls at Harvard in hopes of winning back her boyfriend. Along the way, Elle learns that it is better to be true to herself. The Spokane Civic Theater will be performing "Legally Blonde."
    >>
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Beyond the Fire Lines' airs again on SWX

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Beyond the Fire Lines' airs again on SWX

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:03 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Since the devastation of the Carlton Complex fire, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines.">>
    KHQ.COM - Since the devastation of the Carlton Complex fire, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines."
    >>
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Grab a tissue to watch how one bank is thanking its customers

    VIRAL VIDEO: Grab a tissue to watch how one bank is thanking its customers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:05:29 GMT
    KHQ.COM - TD Canada Trust was determined to thank their customers in a unique and memorable way. About halfway through this video you will understand why it has had millions of views. Grab a tissue for this touching video and hopefully watching this will serve as a reminder to all of us, that a little kindness can go a long way.>>
    KHQ.COM - TD Canada Trust was determined to thank their customers in a unique and memorable way. About halfway through this video you will understand why it has had millions of views. Grab a tissue for this touching video and hopefully watching this will serve as a reminder to all of us, that a little kindness can go a long way.>>