By Beth Christian
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – An 8-year-old Davis resident received an award for his heroic actions that helped save his mother. Carson Dearborn was presented with a 911 Hero Award Thursday during the Tucker County Commission meeting. Tucker County Office of Emergency Management E911 Director Darla Stemple presented Carson with his award.
“We have a very special guest in the audience today,” Stemple said as she called Carson Dearborn to the front of the Commission.
Stemple introduced Carson to the Commissioners and said he called Tucker County 911 on the night of Jan. 13 to get help for his mother.
“He was extremely brave at a time when even most adults would have difficulty coping with the situation,” Stemple said. “He was able to get his mother the emergency help she desperately needed.”
Stemple asked Carson’s mother, Jennifer, to speak about the incidents of that night.
Jennifer Dearborn said she was diagnosed with epilepsy Aug. 7.
“On Jan. 13, I was coming up the stairs from my basement,” Jennifer Dearborn said. “From what I am told, I fell and my head was bleeding. I tried to talk to Carson – he knows how to call pappy, but everybody was out of service range. Carson said I told him to call 9 and passed out and began having seizures on the steps.”
Jennifer Dearborn said Carson got her cell phone and called Tucker County 911.
“The neighbor came and Carson was on the phone with 911,” Jennifer Dearborn said. “The emergency crews told me Carson did a very good thing because it was crucial that I received immediate care. His quick response helped me so much. They are not sure what would have happened if I had to lay there.”
Carson met Tucker County 911 Deputy Director Judy Long whom he spoke with when he made the 911 call for help. Long and Carson hugged.
Long said Carson did really, really well.
“You were so brave” Long said. “You answered all my questions and gave me all of the information I needed. You really wanted to talk to your dad. I told you to stay on the phone with me and I had someone else call your dad. You were able to tell me where you lived and what was going on with your mom. It was a lot of important information. You did really well and I am so proud of you.”
Stemple presented Carson with the Tucker County 911 Hero Award and invited him to take a tour of the center so he could see what goes on at the other end of a 911 call.
Carson is the son of Scott and Jennifer Dearborn, and is a second grade student at Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School.