911 dispatcher breaks the rules to save toddler’s life

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GALAX, Va. (PIX11) — A 911 dispatcher in Virginia put it all on the line as he helped save the life of a toddler last December by guiding the family through CPR.

According to WSLS, it all started with a frantic call to 911 after 17-month-old Aiden Walker suffered a seizure and stopped breathing. His grandmother and mom called 911, and begged Dispatcher Tim Webb for help.

Caller: “This is my only son, I can’t lose him!”

Dispatcher: “I’m not gonna let you lose him. Put him on your kitchen table ok?”

The family did not know CPR and the ambulance was 20 minutes away. However, dispatch centers need a special emergency medical dispatch certification to give out CPR instructions over the phone. The Galax Police Department did not have EMD certification, but Webb knew this was a matter of life or death.

After getting the go ahead from the chief on duty, Webb sprang into action and talked the panicked family through the steps of CPR.

Aiden has recovered and is expected to be OK.

The Galax Police Department is reportedly in the process of getting that EMD certification.

Listen to the full 911 call below: