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911 Dispatcher Saves Choking Baby over Phone, In Tears When She Meets Him

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First responders have one of the toughest and most important jobs in the world. Day in and day out they work long, underpaid hours.

They enter their field knowing the sacrifices they’ll be required to make. Many go days without seeing their families, working graveyard shifts to help people in emergency situations.

Firefighters, police, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers often respond at the height of a crisis. In the chaos of it all, they often leave a scene or situation without as much as a “thanks” from the person or people they helped.

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But one 911 dispatcher has recently been noticed. In 2017, Tennie “Tee” Roberts was working her shift in Grainger County, Tennessee, when a frantic mother called.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to find your baby unresponsive. Heather Watson’s nightmare came true on November 17, 2017 when she found her infant son, Dallas, not breathing while in his swing.

It happened in seconds, and Watson was panicked. Dallas was blue.

It was up to his mother to save him. Thankfully, when Watson called 911, Roberts knew just what to do.

While on the phone, Roberts walked the frightened mother through CPR. Her instructions saved 4-week-old Dallas’ life.



Watson wanted to show the dispatcher just how much she appreciated what she did for her son that night. When she showed up at the dispatch office, the women shared a hug and a few tears over the healthy now 9-month-old boy.

“That’s why we do it, right here,” Roberts said as she smiled at baby Dallas. “Such a blessing to see them, and he smiled at me like he knew me,” she later shared in an interview.

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Watson explained, “I wanted to let her know her hard work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed. She was the calm in my storm.”

A touching interaction. And a good reminder that it’s people like Roberts who serve as our local, everyday heroes.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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