Alcoa Police honor youngster who saved his mom

Alcoa police on Tuesday honored a 3-year-old boy who saved his mom when he called 911 after his mother collapsed in their home late last week.

On May 20, Christi Garland was in her Hamilton Street home when she fell because of vertigo. Christi Garland suffers from multiple illnesses and the only other person in the house was her 3-year-old son, Nicholas Robert Lawrence Garland.

Garland had trained her son on how to react if something happened and the 3-year-old picked up a phone and called 911 Emergency Communications where dispatcher JaNett Brabson answered the call.

After the boy told Brabson his mother had fallen down and that Brabson needed to send someone, he confirmed for the dispatcher that his mother couldn’t speak because she wouldn’t wake up. The boy then told the dispatcher his full name and age and stayed on the line with Brabson until police arrived.

Minutes later Sgt. Bud Cooper with Alcoa Police Department arrived at the home where little Nick met him at the door and told him he loved his mommy. Cooper along with personnel with Alcoa Fire Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance service responded to the home.

During a ceremony Tuesday at Alcoa Police Department, Nick was honored for his calmness under pressure. Community Policing Director Holly Hatcher gave the 3-year-old a small Alcoa Police badge, a bravery award and a goody bag of treats. Cooper along with Police Chief Ken Burge, Alcoa Fire Chief Roger Robinson, and Blount County 911 Emergency Communications Director Jeff Caylor were on hand to congratulate Nick on his ability to stay calm while his mother was unconscious.

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