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“I’m not gonna let you lose him:” 911 dispatcher breaks the rules to save a toddler’s life

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(CNN) — A 911 dispatcher in Virginia helped save a baby’s life by guiding his family through CPR.

Dispatcher: “911 where’s your emergency?”

Melissa Grable: “Oh my God! My baby! My baby! He’s not breathing! Oh my God! Oh my God!”

With that frantic 911 call came a race against the clock to save a little boy’s life.

Melissa Grable: “He’s dying! He can’t breathe!”

17-month-old Aidan Walker had been feeling a little under the weather. He was taking a nap with his grandmother Cheri Grable while his mom, Melissa Grable went to get more medicine.

“I scooped him up in my arms, at that point he was lifeless. And I yelled out to her ‘dial 911, dial 911, dial it now!'” Cheri Grable said.

Aidan had a seizure and stopped breathing. His mother and grandmother picked up the phone — placing all of their hope in the hands of a man on the other end of the line.

911 Dispatcher: “Anybody there that knows CPR?”

Melissa Grable” No! No! What do we do?”

It was at this crucial moment when 911 dispatcher Tim Webb had a monumental decision to make. Webb knows CPR but the Galax Police Department does not have emergency medical dispatch certification. That means dispatchers are not allowed to give out CPR instructions over the phone. But his chief said go ahead, so Webb took a leap of faith.

“Without some sort of life-saving measures, the child would expire. I wasn’t gonna let that happen, even if it meant being reprimanded,” Webb said.

Melissa Grable: “This is my only son, I can’t lose him!”

911 Dispatcher Tim Webb: “I’m not gonna let you lose him. Put him on your kitchen table okay?”

Melissa Grable: “Okay.”

Tim Webb: “All right, barely pinch his nose off and put your mouth over top of his mouth, and I need you to blow in it just a second and see okay?”

Cheri Grable jumped into action, and with no knowledge of CPR, began blowing life into her grandson. The nearest ambulance was nearly 20 minutes away from the Grable home. It was 20 minutes that seemed like an eternity.

“It was the scariest day of my life. All I could do was say a prayer, over and over and over. Please God, don’t take my son from me,” Melissa Grable said.

For the Grable family, that prayer was answered by Tim Webb, who put their little boy above himself. That’s why a couple weeks later, they made the trip to the Galax Police Department to say thank you.

“It makes you realize why you get up, why you come to work, and why you do what you do,” Webb said.

These days, things are starting to get back to normal at the Grable home. But thanks to that fateful day, there’s a new bond in their hearts that will last for a lifetime.

“I really do think that Tim deserves to be part of our lives,” Melissa Grable said.

“You’re a lifelong friend, a lifelong friend, huh buddy?” Tim Webb said to Aidan.

4 comments

    • Reasonless

      I agree.
      Praise God that it turned out differently.
      There are still some people out there with common sense.

  • Crystal

    Thank God the little boy is ok!! Also I don’t think it should be against protocol if someone doesn’t know CPR I think it was a great thing for the dispatcher to help but ridiculous you can lose your job over saving someone.

  • KristinKB

    Yes, Flynn would have fired him for breaking the rules to do his job. THIS is the type of emergency personnel we ALL need! One’s who go above and beyond to do what is RIGHT, NOT what some political POS dictates is “right”. Kudos to Tim Webb! GREAT JOB!

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