Tuesday 17 September 2019

‘Little hero’ Lucas hailed by police for quick thinking after grandad’s collapse

The five-year-old was given a commendation after calling 999 when his diabetic grandfather fell ill at his home in North Yorkshire.

By Lizzie Roberts, Press Association

A five-year-old boy has been praised for his “fantastic decision-making” and bravery after calling 999 when his grandfather collapsed.

Lucas Carter Wright, who has been called a “little hero” by police, called the emergency services when he found his grandad Gary unconscious at his home in Catterick Village, North Yorkshire, on Saturday.

Lucas had been staying with his grandfather for the night but woke to find him unresponsive on the sofa.

In a recording of the call, Lucas can be heard saying: “My grandad’s ill and he needs an ambulance.”

Communications officer Gabby Rudge-Cox, who handled Lucas’s call, was able to retrieve enough information from him to determine they needed to send a “blue light response” to the address, police said.

Seven minutes after Lucas’s call, Pc James Bowie arrived at the scene and treated his grandad.

Thanks to the information Lucas provided, the control room was also able to locate the youngster’s mother, Alex Wright, who confirmed Gary was a diabetic, police said.

Mr Bowie said: “Thanks to Lucas, I knew what action to take to help his grandad, who thankfully responded immediately. There’s no doubt that Lucas’s quick thinking meant his grandad got the help he urgently needed.”

On Tuesday, North Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine visited Lucas at his primary school in Ingleby Barwick.

He was awarded a commendation from North Yorkshire Police and also given an early Christmas gift in recognition for his quick thinking and bravery.

Mr Irvine said: “It was a pleasure to meet Lucas and his family this morning and congratulate him on his fantastic decision-making and bravery, in front of all his friends at school.

“He acted quickly and calmly, showing a maturity way beyond his five years, and because of the action he took and his courage to make the call, his grandad Gary is recovering well.

“All of us at North Yorkshire Police would like to say a massive well done to Lucas and we have extended an invite to him to come and visit our Force Control Room in York, as all the staff are very keen to meet this little hero.”

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