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911 Dispatcher Breaks Protocol to Help Dying Boy

Being reprimanded wasn't worth risking a little boy's life

"Oh my God, my baby, my baby! He's not breathing! Oh my God, oh my God!"

That's what the frantic voice on the other end of the line said when Tim Webb, a 911 dispatcher for the Galax Police Department in Virginia, took a recent call.

As Fox13 reports, that call was made by Melissa Grable, whose napping son suddenly had a seizure and stopped breathing. With the nearest ambulance 20 minutes away, the best chance at saving 17-month-old Aiden Walker was to start CPR. But when Grable told Webb that nobody at the residence knew the how to perform the life-saving technique, the dispatcher realized that the only way to help the toddler was to give out CPR instructions over the phone—which is not permitted by the Galax Police because the department doesn't have emergency medical dispatch certification.

"Without some sort of life-saving measures, the child would expire," Webb told Fox13. "I wasn't gonna let that happen, even if it meant being reprimanded."

Grable and her mother, Sheri, placed Aiden on the kitchen table while Webb calmly explained how to administer CPR.

"All right," Webb said. "Barely pinch his nose off and put your mouth over top of his mouth, and I need you to blow in it just a second and see, OK?"

As Grandma Sheri administered CPR, Aiden began to breathe again. It was, for the Grable family, a terrible nightmare that was finally ending. A couple weeks later, they went to the Galaxy Police Department to thank their hero in person.

“It makes you realize why you get up, why you come to work and why you do what you do,” Webb said.

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