HAGERSTOWN -- An 8-year-old Hagerstown boy did such a good job of calling 911 when his mother fell down the stairs last week that emergency services staff invited him to meet the dispatcher who took his call.
"You did an excellent job," emergency communications specialist Kevin Willis told Tanner Shoemaker after the staff presented him with an emergency services T-shirt and a "special hero" certificate Tuesday.
Tanner was at home with his parents March 24 when his mother, Cindy Shoemaker, fainted at the top of the stairs and tumbled down 13 steps, hitting her head at the bottom.
"I remember waking up, and (my husband) was holding my head, and my son was calling 911," Cindy said.
Tanner's father, Michael Shoemaker, said Tanner made the call without any prompting, and answered the dispatcher's questions himself, checking with his dad only once to find out if the dogs were put away.