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Five-Year-Old Helps Oregon Police After Dad's Medical Emergency

OPB | Aug. 19, 2013 12:49 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 19, 2013 3:08 p.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

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Emergency responders say help from a 5-year-old Spokane boy was key to getting life-saving medical attention to the boy’s father.

Police say Roger Paget was driving with his son to Oregon City from Washington Sunday, when Paget had a medical emergency and pulled over.

Police say the boy, who goes by “Dax,” called his mother. State trooper Joseph Dezso called Roger Paget’s cell phone, but spoke to Dax, because Paget was incapacitated.

Oregon State Police credits the help of a 5-year old Spokane, Washington boy for possibly saving the life of his 46-year old father who suffered a stroke while driving Sunday morning after crossing into Oregon.

Oregon State Police credits the help of a 5-year old Spokane, Washington boy for possibly saving the life of his 46-year old father who suffered a stroke while driving Sunday morning after crossing into Oregon.

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On the 911 recording authorities released, Dezso got a description of the car, the surroundings — and a sense of Paget’s condition  from Dax.

“Maybe you can update medical,” Dezso tells the 911 dispatcher. “When I was talking to the child, he said he could not wake up the father. He was sleeping a lot.”

The 911 tape includes several minutes of officers trying to narrow their search in the Pendleton-Hermiston area of eastern Oregon. Authorities say the boy helped the search by telling Trooper Dezso he’d seen a train go by.

Shortly after that, authorities found the father-and-son in their car on the shoulder of I-84.  Paget was listed in critical condition Sunday, but he is expected to survive. 

Hear a segment of the 911 conversation:

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