|For Immediate Release
January 6, 2012
|Contact: Wanda Bowers
Bruce G. Cheney, ENP
A New Year for a Washington Woman
6 year old son, James, dials 9-1-1 to help his mother
CONCORD, NH – James Barker, a 9-1-1 hero will be celebrated on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the 9-1-1 Center, 110 Smokey Bear Blvd, Concord, New Hampshire. James will be recognized for his heroic efforts. He'll meet the 9-1-1 Dispatcher he spoke with on the day his Mom collapsed and he'll receive 9-1-1 Hero gifts and accolades.
On the morning of November 28, 2011, Julie D'Onofrio was preparing breakfast for her two children; James, age 6 (at the time – he's 7 now) and his one year old sibling, Cody, who was in a highchair. Julie has a seizure condition, but has been symptom-free for the past seven years. She explained later, "I felt the seizure come on, but I ignored the symptoms. I had been under some stress and thought that was causing the symptoms." Unexpectedly, Julie collapsed in the pantry of her home. James picked up the telephone and dialed 9-1-1. "New Hampshire 9-1-1 what is your emergency," 9-1-1 Dispatcher Al Davis asked. "It was today in this morning … it was this morning today," James told Al. "Do you have an emergency," Al asked. "My mom fell asleep," said James. Al asked James important questions about his address, phone number and questions to determine if Julie was conscious and breathing. James swiftly answered all of the questions and within a minute and a half Al notified Hillsborough County Dispatch to send an ambulance. James followed all of the medical instructions Al gave him. He tried to turn his mother over onto her back, but he couldn't. Al verified that Julie was breathing. "Tell me every time she takes a breath," Al asked him. James said, "Breath, breath, breath," each time she took a breath. Julie was breathing, but she was still unconscious. Through questioning, Al determined Julie probably had a seizure. "She started shaking and fell down," James added. Al updated the Hillsborough County dispatcher who confirmed that an officer was arriving on scene. Just then, Washington Police Officer John Corrigan arrived at James' house. Al asked, "James, can you look outside? You should have somebody there; it might be a policeman or somebody from the fire department." James went to the window and came back to the phone, "It's a police officer," he said. Al tells him "Go ahead and open the door. Let him in and tell him you are on the phone with 9-1-1." "I'm on the phone with 9-1-1," James shouts to Officer Corrigan. In the background you can hear Officer Corrigan say, "OK, good job." Officer Corrigan, who is also an EMT, took over the care of James, Cody and Julie. Julie says she has taught James at home about dialing 9-1-1 in emergencies, but credits James' school, Washington Elementary, for most of his 9-1-1 emergency education. Julie is doing well and is grateful this incident happened at home and not while she was driving. Julie says James is pretty 'matter of fact' about his role in their emergency. She says he likes police and firemen, but wants to be a truck driver "like his Daddy" when he grows up!
The public and the media are invited to attend this event. Space is limited. If you'd like to attend, please contact Wanda Bowers, Public Information Representative at (603)271-6911.
Driving directions to the Concord 9-1-1 center can be found on our website: http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/emergservices/contactus.html.
For directions via MapQuest, please use the following address: 222 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH 03301.