Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Little Oliver Meets His Friend in Need

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Little Oliver Meets His Friend in Need

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Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

ABOY who rang 999 when his mum collapsed has met the call handler who kept him on the line until officers arrived.

In an emotional meeting, little Oliver Embleton, three, met Durham Constabulary's Michael Walton at Durham's Aykley Heads HQ. In May this year, Michael answered a 999 call to hear mumbling and gurgling on the other end that made little sense.

He persevered with the call and tried to engage with Oliver, then just two. Oliver appeared to be saying 'fall down'.

Michael swiftly established the address from the landline and immediately sent officers to the house. He then kept Oliver on the line for a considerable time trying to get his mum to the phone.

Eventually the little boy's dazed mum Nicola came on the phone.

When the police and paramedics arrived to treat Nicola, of Peterlee, County Durham, they gave her the all clear and put the fainting down to low blood pressure which she had suffered from since she was a teenager.

Nicola had taught her daughter Lillia, four, how to make an emergency call when she thought she was old enough to understand, but had no idea that little Oliver was also taking in the information. …

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