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4-Year-Old Dials 911, Helps Trapped Relative

Devin Washington made the call after his great-grandfather, a Richmond Heights resident, tried to move a piece of furniture.

A 4-year-old received recognition Monday for coming to the rescue of his great-grandfather, a resident of Richmond Heights, during an emergency.

On July 6, Devin Washington was visiting the home of his great-grandfather, Robert Ridgeway, Chief Kerry Hogan of the told City Council. During that time, Ridgeway attempted to move a piece of furniture by himself down a set of stairs, and the furniture pinned him against a wall.

"Devin crawled over this piece of furniture, got to a phone, dialed 911 and was able to … tell the dispatcher exactly what was going on," Hogan said.

Emergency officials took Ridgeway to the hospital for treatment of several cuts to his face, hands and arms, Hogan said.

, during which Hogan presented the boy with a plaque recognizing his efforts; a toy fire hat, coloring books and magnets from the fire department; and a family pass to in Kirkwood, along with a bucket and sand-scooper from the museum.

Myra Lopez August 03, 2011 at 07:50 PM
What a nice story. And what a cute little fellow!

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