CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – A seven-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero for saving his grandfather’s life.
Evan Raap’s voice cracked with emotion as he called 911 and told the operator his grandpa was unresponsive in the front seat of their minivan.
“He’s breathing… I’m really worried,” he said after grabbing his grandfather’s cell phone to call for help.
“He can move his hands but he’s not talking and he’s really sweaty,” Evan said, telling the operator his grandfather was slumped over in the front seat after saying he had to “pull over for one second.”
“He just lay down,” Evan told the operator. “I thought he was joking and then I saw something fall out of his mouth,” he said of his grandfather’s teeth.
During the 13-minute 911 call released by the RCMP, Evan provided details about a store and train tracks they’d passed before stopping on a gravel road. The information helped guide a police officer to the scene before an ambulance arrived in the Fraser Valley community east of Vancouver.
Evan told the operator that his grandfather, George Epp, was taking care of him while his father was at work.
The little boy also became emotional as he said he had to get to a soccer game because he was the goalie.
Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said Epp remains in hospital after Saturday’s incident and that his grandson’s efforts highlight the importance of teaching kids how to call 911 and use cell phones.
“It’s unbelievable,” Hollingsworth said of the boy’s ability to stay calm and provide details about his surroundings.
“We’re very thankful that Evan knew how to use a cell phone,” she said, adding the boy’s parents say he’s shy and are proud of his efforts.