Hero Tot Saves Dad

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:32pm

3-year-old calls 911 after woodworking accident.

A Keizer, Oregon toddler saved his dad's life by calling 911 Friday morning.

Willamette Valley Communication Center got the call just after 10 a.m.

A child on the other end of the line was saying, "Hurry, my daddy needs help," and then the phone was disconnected.

The 911 operator attempted to call back while the dispatcher sent a Keizer Police officer to the location.

3-year-old A.J. Hayes answered the phone and the operator asked whether his father needed a police officer or an ambulance.

He replied, "OK," and hung up again.

The operator could hear a voice in the background screaming for help.

Keizer Fire sent an ambulance and fire engine to the house.

A.J.'s father, Aaron Hayes, was leaning over the kitchen counter, bleeding profusely from his arm when officer Scott Bigler arrived.

He had impaled himself with a chisel and severed an artery.

"I could have passed out, and died in my own pool of blood, it was gushing that bad," the fortunate father later said.

Bigler grabbed some towels and applied pressure to the wound to slow the bleeding.

Aaron Hayes was taken to Salem Hospital, where he was treated and released Friday afternoon.

When asked why he thought to call 911, A.J. replied, "I knew my numbers," said Anne-Marie Penge, with Keizer Fire.

"It wasn't scary," the composed toddler said. "I was brave!"
 

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