Wednesday, March 13, 2013
When 8-year-old Alex Jamison could not wake up his pregnant stepmother on a recent morning he took a course of action that saved her life.
Alex told The Gazette his stepmother was on the floor when he called out to try to wake her and shake her several times. After being unable to reach his dad, he called his biological mother’s phone and she told him to call 911, which he did from the house phone.
Alex put both the cell phone he used to call his mother and the land line he used to call 911 in loudspeaker mode and held them about two inches apart so his mother could explain the situation to dispatchers.
Rescue crews were able to transport Kim Jamison to a local hospital the morning of Feb. 25, Alex’s mother Latonia Pearson said.
The Goose Creek Fire Department “Team A” responded to the call.
On March 6, members of GCFD Team A and Fire Chief Steve Chapman honored Alex for his brave work in calling 911 at the right time.
Chapman gave Alex a certificate, a baseball cap and firefighter’s patch during a ceremony attended by the Team A firefighters and about 15 others at Trident Baptist Church which houses Trident Baptist Academy, where Alex is a third-grader.
“Hopefully it will inspire other students to be prepared,” Pearson said regarding Alex’s quick actions.
“Alex did the right thing, he called 911,” Trident Baptist Pastor Michael Haynes said.
Chapman made Alex an honorary fireman for the day as he handed him the gifts while the two stood by the pulpit.
“We do a lot of rescue calls,” Chapman said. “We rely on people in the community to call 911 when there’s an emergency. Last week Alex Jamison’s mother became very ill. Alex took it upon himself to call 911.”
Alex and a handful of his peers got an up-close look inside two fire rescue trucks in the church parking lot following the ceremony. Alex asked firefighters several questions about the trucks and being a firefighter.
The morning of the emergency call, Kim Jamison gave birth to a baby girl named Randi Kay Jamison shortly after 10 a.m., according to Shameka Wright, Alex’s aunt, who was present at the March 6 ceremony.
Wright said the day before the ceremony Alex’s stepmother was starting to awaken from her induced coma. Chapman told the audience that doctors said Alex’s stepmother should recover.
When asked about getting honored and getting on stage Alex replied excitedly: “It was great. It was like, whoo!”
“I’m just very proud and emotional at the same time,” Alex’s father Randy Jamison said after the ceremony. “I said, take care of your mom and little sister when I leave. He did just that.
“That was beautiful what [the fire department] did. That means a lot to him and all of us.”
Jamison said he hopes this will help other kids become aware of when to call 911.
“It encourages him more now to continue those methods,” Jamison said. “We ask everyone to keep the family in their prayers. I thank God. He put these wonderful people here to do their job. God be the glory.”