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Cary 6-year-old honored for calm call to 911

Posted November 20, 2008
Updated November 21, 2008

— A 6-year-old girl who had lived in North Carolina only a few months calmly gave 911 dispatchers her address when her mother had trouble breathing.

Grace Downen was honored Thursday at Cary Town Hall with the town's first I Knew What to Do award.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Grace had no trouble giving dispatchers her home address on Oct. 1 when her mom had problems.

The calm call allowed paramedics to arrive in time to take Jennifer Downen to Western WakeMed, where she was treated for gastroenteritis and pancreatitis.

The award created by Police Chief Pat Bazemore recognizes children under age 14 who call 911 and provide vital information to dispatchers.

Dispatcher Rick Thomas was impressed with the girl, saying he talks to adults all the time who freak in an emergency.


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  • NCSUBAEstudent Nov 21, 2008

    I'm assuming that they are referring to the WakeMed hospital in Cary since it is in western Wake County and this is where the family is located. The other WakeMed hospital is on New Bern Ave. in eastern part of Raleigh.

  • JoJo82 Nov 21, 2008

    Where is "Western" WakeMed? There isn't such a place.

  • NCSUBAEstudent Nov 20, 2008

    This should be forwarded to Bob at G105. She deserves Bob's Good Kid of the Week award with special gifts for her and her family. She deserves a pat on the back for her courage and hope mom gets well, too!

  • EasyGoer Nov 20, 2008

    WOW, Love to hear stories like this. Mom Deserves a pat on the back also (when shes feeling better of course) for good-parenting. YEAH

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    Good for her - her mother's earthbound angel.

    Praying for mommy!!!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • familyfour Nov 20, 2008

    Such a wonderful story.....

  • sentinel94m Nov 20, 2008

    Such a cool kid! It's outstanding that a child can have enough courage and a calm head on her shoulders to do such an act. This kid will definately teach us adults a lesson about reacting under pressure. Good job little girl!

  • seaturtles246 Nov 20, 2008

    KUDOS! JOB WELL DONE - OVER AND ABOVE! I love stories like this.

  • housemanagercary Nov 20, 2008

    That's good parenting! Good job!

  • something2say Nov 20, 2008

    Like seeing good stories about kids with level smart heads! Good job to her and to WRAL please post more stories like this to show what strengths our youth have! Everyday youth in our area are doing amazing things but all we hear about is the negative!