Most 12-year-old boys aren't exactly facing life-or-death situations after school on any given day of the week. (Unless of course you count trying to beat their friends in a fierce round of Call of Duty.) But that's exactly where a Port Arthur, Texas boy found himself last Tuesday. And the way he handled things would make any parent proud.
Deion Murdock was home alone when two men began to break into his house. And while he was no doubt completely petrified, he didn't panic. Instead, he grabbed the phone, locked himself in his mother's closet, and dialed 9-1-1.
As People points out, the conversation that followed was "eerily" similar to a scene right out of that Halle Berry thriller The Call.
"Someone is trying to break into my house," Deion Murdock can be heard telling the dispatcher on the 9-1-1 tape. "They just broke into the window. ma'am. I'm going to have to whisper now because I think they're coming in. It sounds like multiple people."
The dispatcher in turn tries to keep Deion calm, assuring him the police are on their way.
"You're doing good, doing real good, doing perfect," the dispatcher tells him. "Your mom is going to be so proud of you."
Chillingly, Deion responds with, "They're in here," followed by a minute of silence.
Thankfully, the intruders never did open that closet door to discover Deion, and it wasn't long after that police arrived, handcuffed the two men, and let Deion out.
Naturally, Deion's mom is more than proud of the way her son reacted. In an ironic twist, she was only out of the house to begin with because she wanted to speak to the housing authority on finding a new place to live. Sadly, she thought her son would be safe on his own.
Listen to the 9-1-1 clip here—and prepare to be on he edge of your seat: