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“Remain Calm” Personified

Thurston County, Wash., 911 dispatcher Chris Scott got a routine emergency call: a woman saying her 6-month-old baby was choking, had stopped breathing, and was unconscious. Scott walked her through the procedure to clear the boy’s airway. At the end of the call, dispatch supervisor Tammy Clark told Scott, “You saved that boy’s life.” Scott, still calm, replied: “That was my son.” He had recognized the caller as his wife, and she recognized her husband’s voice, too. “I always dreaded getting a call like that. I didn’t know how I’d handle it,” Scott said later. “I guess I handled it pretty good.” Scott’s wife, Janna, describes him as “a pretty calm person.” (RC/KING Seattle) ...Practice makes perfect.
Publication Date: 21 February 2010
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 16.

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