Right from an early stage in life children are taught about how to call 911 in emergency situations.
When an amazingly adorable little two-year-old girl, called Aaliyah Garrett, from South Carolina, needed help right then and there, she took action. She called that emergency number that everyone knows by heart, and a dispatcher responded to her.
According to Uplifting Today, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials couldn’t understand what the little girl said on the 911 call, thankfully Deputy Martha Lohnes wasn’t far from the girl’s home, so she headed over to make sure everything was okay.
Her grandfather not knowing she had made the call, answered the door and as he explained that there was no emergency, a half-dressed Aaliyah hopped up behind her grandfather and waved vigorously to the deputy, all the while trying to put on her pants.
Deputy Lohnes sat the toddler down and helped her out of her predicament, one leg at a time. Aaliyah then explained that she required assistance with her shoes. But even after this, she still wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to her new hero.
Deputy Lohnes said that it’s fairly common for children to play with the phone and accidentally call 911. 'We normally sit them down and say, ‘Hey, this is for emergencies only,’ but she was only 2, she explained. 'I was impressed that she could dial at all.'
Aaliyah’s mother, Pebbles Ryan, was at work when her father texted her saying the police had just shown up. 'We always tell her if you need help call 911, but I think we should have expressed what we meant,' he said in an interview two days later.
At the Greenville County Sherriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Douglas praised the way Deputy Lohnes handled the situation. He then added that there were more than 250,000 accidental 911 calls made in 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.
On the Greenville County Sherriff’s Office website, it is reported that they respond to over 280,000 calls annually, which results in excess of 30,000 incident reports each year.