Alert 5-year-old praised for calling 911 when dad passes out - KCTV5

Alert 5-year-old praised for calling 911 when dad passes out

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Parents, teachers and others drill calling 911 into children, and they hope they learn the lesson.

When it came to an emergency, one 5-year-old Independence girl passed the emergency test with flying colors.

Matt Mulinazzi was with his children when he unexpectedly passed out.

That's when Kayla Mulinazzi picked up the phone and dialed three numbers.

A dispatcher for the city of Independence asked the little girl what she needed.

"They asked me if I needed an ambulance and I said, 'I think so.' And so they just came," she recalled. "I told them my dad wouldn't talk to me. When they got there, I was crying because I missed him."

Police say the little girl did exactly what she should. She maintained her cool, dialed 911 and provided the dispatcher with vitally needed information.

"It's very important that children learn how to do this," said Officer Tom Gentry of the Independence Police Department.

He said parents should make sure their children know how to evaluate the situation, keep their emotions in check and dial 911.

Doctors don't know what prompted Matt Mulinazzi to pass out and have given him a clean bill of health.

He's very proud of his daughter.

"She's just really, really smart," he said. "She's really smart at anything she does. She's ready to accept a challenge. She understands and comprehends things really quickly."

Even though she doesn't remember who taught her to dial 911, Kayla has words of advice for her peers.

"If your dad or mom gets hurt, then you should call 911," she explained.

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