Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The City of Goose Creek named Oct. 9 Alex Jamison Day in honor of a young hero.
About 40 people, mostly family and neighbors, gathered in the Brickhope amenity center building on Oct. 7 to honor and celebrate 9-year-old Alex Jamison, who lives in the Brickhope subdivision of Goose Creek.
Alex, who was 8 at the time, woke up the morning of Feb. 25 but could not wake up his pregnant stepmother even after shaking her. He took a course of action that saved her life and the life of the girl who would become his younger sister.
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.
The Goose Creek Fire Department “Team A” responded to the call and rescue crews were able to transport Kim Jamison, his stepmother, to a local hospital.
On March 6 members of GCFD Team A and Fire Chief Steve Chapman honored Alex for his action in calling 911 at the right time. Chapman gave Alex a certificate, a baseball cap and firefighter’s patch during a ceremony attended by firefighters and about 15 others at Trident Baptist Church, which houses Trident Baptist Academy, where Alex attended third grade.
The morning of the emergency call, Kim Jamison, his stepmother, gave birth to a baby girl named Randi Kay Jamison shortly after 10 a.m. The day before the March 6 ceremony Mrs. Jamison was starting to awaken from her induced coma.
On Oct. 7, Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler read the “Alex Jamison Day” proclamation at Brickhope.
“The fire department relies on the community to call 911,” Heitzler said. “There is hope Alex’s heroism will inspire other kids to become aware of when to call 911 and be prepared for an emergency.”
Alex stood next to the mayor and City Councilmember Franklin Moore as the proclamation was read and all eyes were on the young Goose Creek hero.
“He’s definitely a model for young men everywhere,” Moore said.
Alex thanked the mayor and smiled brightly.
“I had to learn how to walk again,” said Mrs. Jamison, who works at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “I was in ICU for two weeks. I want to thank everyone for recognizing Alex and for the love and prayers of the whole community.”
Alex is currently a fourth grader at Boulder Bluff Elementary, his father Randy Jamison said.
“We just thank God for all of this,” Mr. Jamison said. “It was a long road to get to where we are now.
“The baby is doing awesome. Alex is doing good. My wife, her mobility is getting better.”
Mr. Jamison was overseas working as a government contractor when the incident occurred. He was home within a day.
“It was scary,” Mr. Jamison said. “The baby wasn’t due for three months. It was like a movie - everything happened so fast.
“I just flew back 9,000 miles from anther country, my wife was not doing well, nor the baby, and I became an instant father with a second child.
“We didn’t know what the outcome would be. My wife and I would FaceTime every night. She said she wasn’t feeling well - that was the night I got the call.”
Alex’s biological mother, Latonia Pearson, was in attendance and smiling exuberantly as only a proud mother can.
“He’s very intelligent, very smart, very caring,” said his grandmother Rosetta Jamison, who was there with her husband Willis Jamison. “He always puts other people first. He’s an A-student. He loves his baby sister.”
She added that Alex plays soccer, football and baseball and wants to be a preacher.
Mary Reilly, of Brickhope’s Cornerstone of Hope Ladies Group, helped organize the event.
She read the following statement as Alex stood next to her: “Someday when you are a wee bit older you will truly understand how your actions profoundly impacted your family . . . As your little sister gets older she will not only see you as her big brother but also as her hero and protector.”