a Little lifesaver
Boy comes to mom’s rescue with 911 know-how
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
A Rim Rock Elementary School first grade student, Cade Graeger, recently saved the life of his mother, Jody.
Cade woke up at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 to the sound of his mother’s scream. According to reports, Cade tried to wake his mother as he thought she was having a nightmare. Cade told his mother later that her eyes were open, but she couldn’t see him. He also told her that she was talking, but not making any sense and that she was covered in sweat.
Jody stated, “Cade knew that I was in an insulin reaction. An insulin reaction is when your blood sugar levels drop too low and your body starts going into protective mode trying to keep you from going into a diabetic coma.”
Cade took his mother’s cell phone and called 911. The six-year-old boy followed directions from the dispatcher to unlock the doors and turn on the lights in the house.
“He was very calm and knew right away that her blood sugar was too low. At one point, when he reported that she was snoring, I started to tell him how to maintain her airway,” Brianne Jacobsen, Cade’s 911 dispatcher, stated in a report to Bob Bomar, Fruita Police Department School Resource Officer. “He is absolutely a hero and I would love to meet this brave little man!”
Cade followed directions and removed the pillow from under Jody’s head and counted her breaths for Jacobsen. He also told Jacobsen of any changes in his mother until help arrived 10 minutes later.
Cade told his teacher, Kathi Pewters, about the event that took place several days after saving Jody.
“He nonchalantly mentioned it to me one day, so I talked to Bob Bomar and he took the ball and just went with it,” said Pewters.
On Nov. 27 at 10 a.m., Rim Rock Elementary plans to honor Cade for his courage and heroism with a school assembly. Bomar will also give a 9-1-1-system presentation to all first graders so that if any other students find themselves in this situation, they could save a life as well.
“Cade is my hero because he knew just exactly what to do. He knew to call 911 for help,” stated Jody.