Boy, 5, praised for calling 999 after finding his grandad unconscious

A five-year-old boy has been described as a "little hero" by police after he called 999 when he found his grandfather unconscious.

Lucas Carter Wright had been staying with his grandfather Gary at his home in Catterick Village, North Yorkshire, on Friday.

But when he woke up the following morning, Lucas found his grandfather unresponsive on the sofa.

In a recording of the 999 call, Lucas says: "My grandad's ill and he needs an ambulance."

Communications officer Gabby Rudge-Cox was able to retrieve enough information from Lucas to determine they needed to send a "blue light response" to the address, police said.

Image: Lucas with his proud mother, Alex

Ms Rudge-Cox said Lucas "was brilliant on the phone".

She added: "He's amazing – to be five years old and be in the middle of a scary and confusing situation, but to know to call 999 shows what an absolute superstar he is and I'm sure his family are extremely proud."

Seven minutes after Lucas's call, PC James Bowie arrived at the scene and treated Gary.

Lucas and ACC Ciaron Irvine after receiving an early Christmas present and commendation
Image: Lucas and ACC Ciaron Irvine after receiving an early Christmas present and commendation

Police said the control room was also able to locate the boy's mother, Alex Wright, who confirmed Gary was diabetic – all thanks to Lucas's information.

Mr Bowie said: "Thanks to Lucas, I knew what action to take to help his granddad, who thankfully responded immediately.

"There's no doubt that Lucas's quick thinking meant his granddad got the help he urgently needed."

North Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine visited Lucas at his primary school in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees.

He was awarded a commendation from North Yorkshire Police and given an early Christmas present 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.

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"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 granddad 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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