Local five-year-old's call helps save father’s life


by KREM.com


Posted on August 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 6:13 PM

HERMISTON, Oregon--A five-year-old boy from Spokane helped save his father’s life when he called for help Sunday morning.

The boy, Dax was traveling with his father along Interstate 84 near Hermiston when his father suffered a stroke. Oregon State Police said the boy dialed for help and gave descriptions, which led authorities to Dax’s father along the roadside.


LISTEN: Dispatchers relay Dax's description to troopers

Dispatcher centers in Spokane and Oregon worked together to help locate Robert Paget, 46, and his son. OSP troopers and Umatilla County medical responders found the vehicle and rushed Paget to the hospital for treatment.

Dax called his mother, Rachael Bardwell, on August 18 around 7:00 a.m. He told her that his father had a medical emergency while they were driving in Oregon. However, the boy did not know his exact location in Oregon.

Bardwell called 911 dispatchers in Spokane County. Those dispatchers then notified OSP Southern Command Center dispatch. Oregon authorities said Spokane 911 worked through the father's cellular phone company to determine the phone's signal pinged on a cellular tower near Stanfield, Oregon.

Dispatchers relayed the information to two troopers in the Hermiston area.

One of the troopers called Paget’s phone and thought he might be suffering a stroke. Paget handed the phone to his son according to the trooper.

Dax described the surrounding area. Authorities said one of the most important details that Dax offered was that 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.

The trooper spotted Paget’s vehicle at 7:44 a.m. on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 177. OSP dispatch relayed the information to Umatilla County 911 that sent an ambulance. 

Authorities said Paget had difficulty speaking, was unable to move one side of his body, and starting to lose consciousness. Hermiston Fire and Rescue medical responders transported Paget to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. Paget was reported in critical condition Sunday and is expected to survive.

The troopers praised the young boy's bravery in helping guide emergency responders to help his father.

Bardwell said she recently talked with her son, Dax, about how to unlock the screen and call his mom or dad in an emergency.

"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 Bardwell.

According to Bardwell, Dax wants to be a police officer some day.