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12- and 8-Year-Old Boys Dial 9-1-1, Put Prowler in Jail

Posted August 2, 1998

— Quick thinking saved two young boys and put a would-be burglar behind bars in Wayne County. The boys were home alone when an uninvited guest showed up.

Instead of panicking, they did exactly the right thing. They called 9-1-1.

The recording of the call tells the story.

  • Dispatcher: "911, where is your emergency?"
  • Brandon: "There's somebody trying to break into my house. My mama's at work."
  • Dispatcher: "OK, and are you there by yourself?"
  • Brandon: "My brother's here. Help me."
  • Dispatcher: "OK. Where is, where are they at?"
  • Brandon: "At the front door."

    Twelve-year old Brandon Greenfield and his 8-year old brother Kendrick knew someone was up to no good last week outside their Wayne County home.

    "I saw him, with the braids in his hair, and he was going toward the back yard," said Brandon.

    Brandon dialed 9-1-1 and stayed on the line while telecommunicator Vicki Pittman told him what to do. In a matter of minutes, the incident was over. No one was hurt, and deputies arrested 41-year-old Joey McNair a few feet from the house.

    "She told me to stay calm and told me what [to do] if he was at the back door or at the front door, so when the cops got there, they could know their positions to get right there," Brandon explained.

    Brandon's mother, Gwen Sheard, was a little surprised her instructions paid off.

    "I always tell them if something happens and I'm not here to call 9-1-1, and so he listened, and I'm glad," said Sheard.

    They hope they never have to go through such an ordeal again, but family members say they'll know where to call the next time there's trouble.

    Investigators say the suspect has a prior criminal record; he was just released from prison a year ago.

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