Ruther Glen boy recognized for 911 call
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A 7-year-old Caroline County boy was honored last night for dialing 911 after his mother was injured.
Ian C. Thomas, who lives in the Lake Land’Or subdivision in Ruther Glen, was presented with the Life Saving Award by Sheriff Tony Lippa for his quick reaction.
Ian’s mother, Pamela Harvey, was taking out the trash Feb. 23 when its weight caused her to slide face-first down her driveway, which was slippery from having recently been re-stained, and into the street.
"It was a freak accident," she said. "I broke three teeth and had over 55 stitches in my mouth."
Harvey said she believes she was unconscious for a while, but she came to and somehow managed to get back to the house.
She said she didn’t realize she was injured until Ian screamed. That’s when she saw the blood.
Fast-thinking Ian phoned his father, Danny Thomas, but didn’t get an answer. He left a message, then called his grandmother in Newport News.
She reminded him of his address and told him to call 911, something Ian had learned to do in school.
When dispatcher J.R. Carter answered the phone, Ian calmly "told him that my mom had an accident and she needed an ambulance." The boy then went outside and flagged down the ambulance while his mom was in the bathroom trying to stop the bleeding.
"It was kind of scary," Ian said as he described the ride to Mary Washington Hospital’s emergency room.
Harvey was sent home a few hours later, but is still undergoing facial surgery. She said she has been a bit traumatized by the incident, and just recently overcame her fear of slipping enough to start taking showers again.
But she was thankful Ian, her only child, came to the rescue.
Ian said he learned something from the incident.
"I learned to never let your mom take out the trash without you," he said.
Ian and his mom plan to use the tape of the 911 call for a training exercise at his school, Queen of Apostles in Alexandria.
"It’s outstanding what he did," said Lippa, who also gave Ian a stuffed animal and a Caroline County Sheriff’s Office coin. "What a great lesson for the rest of his classmates."