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5 Year Old Calls 911 When Mom Chokes

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
July 12, 2013

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A quick thinking 5 year old from Ridgewood can thank what she learned in pre-school for helping her to save her moms life.

The little girl named Chloe took the initiative to make the call when she realized her mom couldn’t talk. Once someone was on the line she was able to follow instruction to open the door for emergency crews. Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward says it was through the pre-school fire and emergency education program that she learned to dial 911 but says it was also the lessons she got at home that made the difference.

“They found a couple of tools via the web that reinforce the message that everyone was giving so I think sitting down and actually talking with your children and putting it in a positive manner really helps.”

Chief Ward says every family should have an emergency plan in place in case of fire or any other emergency that may arise.

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