Girl calls 911 when babysitter has medical emergency

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Michelle Charlesworth reports from Montclair. (WABC)

A 7-year-old girl from New Jersey is being hailed as a hero. She had the wherewithal to call 911 when her babysitter lost consciousness.

Thanks to the girl, and the 911 operator who took the emergency call, the babysitter is very much alive.

"I could tell she was young and screaming had to calm her down but she was clear and, I told her she was brave," said Chris Lynch, the dispatcher.

Chris Lynch is the 911 dispatcher who took the emergency call from the 7-year-old girl, Elin, who was saving her babysitter.

"My mom's not home and my babysitter is really sick," said Elin Smith-Freitag, 7 years old.

"Listen, listen. Listen to me. You got to calm down, I can't understand you," Lynch had said during the call.

"I was trying to see if she has a diabetic issue maybe a blood sugar thing so we could monitor that," Lynch said.

"They're already on the way, I'm just staying on the phone until they get there. They're already on the way," he told the girl on the call.

"Alright, thanks," Smith-Freitag said.

The call was made by the little girl from her home in Montclair, New Jersey. Her 8 and 6-year-old brothers were also there worried sick.

"My babysitter is here and she's really sick and she can't talk to us and she's crawling all over the place and drooling. I don't think she can even hear us," Smith-Freitag said on the 911 call.

Lynch has worked as a 911 dispatcher for two years and said the little girl did better than any other child and many adults.

"What stuck out is how clear and descriptive she was and brave and gave play by play," Lynch said.

It was a teaching moment for all of us. She called 911 when she knew something was up, knew her address, and did not hang up on the dispatcher.
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