5-year-old boy guides police to stranded car after dad's stroke - KCTV5

5-year-old boy guides police to stranded car after dad has stroke

Posted: Updated:
Dax. Photo: Oregon State Police Dax. Photo: Oregon State Police
HERMISTON, OR (KPTV) -

A 5-year-old didn't panic as his dad began to suffer a stroke while driving. Instead, the boy remembered what his parents taught him about emergency situations.

The boy, from Spokane, WA, was able to help guide troopers to his unfamiliar surroundings on the side of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon.

It all started at 7 a.m. Sunday. Oregon State Police dispatchers received a call from a woman in Spokane County, WA, reporting that her son had called her to say his dad was having a medical emergency at an unknown location, possibly somewhere in Oregon.

Police worked with the father's cellular phone company to determine the phone's signal had pinged on a cell tower near Stanfield, OR.

A trooper called the man's phone and learned Robert Paget, 46, believed he was suffering a stroke. The man's son, a 5-year-old boy named Dax, then got on the phone and tried to describe what he was seeing around him.

"He told me that they came into Oregon early this morning when it was still dark out," a trooper said over radio dispatch.

"He said he could not wake up the father, he was sleeping a lot," the conversation continued.

The boy then provided an invaluable piece of information. He said a train was passing by their car. Troopers then focused on Interstate 84 west of Interstate 82 in Hermiston where train tracks run parallel to the freeway lanes.

At 7:45 a.m., a trooper spotted the car near Milepost 177. An ambulance was redirected and took Paget to the hospital.

Trooper Joseph Dezso brought the boy back to his patrol car while emergency crews treated his father.

"He is a very bright young man and definitely saved his dad's life," Dezso said. "We are so glad to hear his father should pull through."

Paget was listed in critical condition Sunday, but police said he is expected to survive with family members reporting encouraging signs of improvement.

The boy's mother said she recently talked to her son about how to unlock a smartphone and call his mom or dad in an emergency. Police said all parents should teach their children how to unlock a smartphone screen, find the keypad and call 911 when it's appropriate.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Dax said he wants to be a police officer someday.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Charles Manson, leader of murderous cult, dead at 83

    Charles Manson, leader of murderous cult, dead at 83

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:17 AM EST2017-11-20 08:17:04 GMT
    In this 1986 file photo, Charles Manson is seen in court. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)In this 1986 file photo, Charles Manson is seen in court. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)

    Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, has died.

    More >

    Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, has died.

    More >
  • Friends remember 15-year-old found shot, killed inside Kansas City, KS laundromat

    Friends remember 15-year-old found shot, killed inside Kansas City, KS laundromat

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-11-20 23:43:20 GMT

    Police are investigating after a teenager was found dead in a Kansas City, Kansas laundromat on Saturday. 

    More >

    Police are investigating after a teenager was found dead in a Kansas City, Kansas laundromat on Saturday. 

    More >
  • Verruckt still stands one year after Caleb Schwab's death

    Verruckt still stands one year after Caleb Schwab's death

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:55 PM EST2017-11-20 21:55:29 GMT
    Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo)Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo)

    It has been more than a year since 10-year-old was killed on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn, but the slide he died on still stands today. 

    More >

    It has been more than a year since 10-year-old was killed on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn, but the slide he died on still stands today. 

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.