8-year-old Dallas Mounger was recognized on Friday for his efforts that were key in saving his mother’s life.
The Helena Police Department were joined by Helena Fire and 911 dispatchers to present the Broadwater Elementary school student with a “Lifesaving Award” at his school's holiday recital. He received a standing ovation from the auditorium.
On November 17, his mother suffered a medical emergency at their home. Dallas found her collapsed in the bathroom and unresponsive.
Dallas quickly called 911 and provided accurate and detailed information about where he lived and his mother’s condition.
“He definitely deserves his award as a hero, he saved his mom,” said Emily Nelsen, 911 dispatcher. “Anytime somebody calls 911 we like to get as much information as possible and he did an excellent job.”
Nelsen said he was scared but stayed calm under pressure, which allowed first responders to get there quickly and help his mother.
“I know adults who would be, understandably, not as calm and collected as Dallas was,” said Nelsen. “It was just impressive. He new exactly what to tell me and stayed calm even though I’m sure it was a very scary situation for him.”
Nelsen encourages parents to speak with their children about what to do in an emergency situation.
“I’d rather they call me [at the dispatch center] and don’t need me to send someone, than they don’t call when they need somebody,” said Nelsen. “It’s there as an emergency number and I think it’s very important kids are aware of it. They could be in a life or death situation and it could mean all the difference.”
The Helena Police Department Lifesaving Award is traditionally presented to dispatchers for their work.
Dallas is the youngest person ever to receive the honor.