You’d never know it from his jumpy voice, but a 4-year-old boy wants to be an emergency responder now.
Police in Warren County, Ohio, received a seriously adorable emergency call, from little Carson Johnson and his parents. The dispatcher dropped her head as she spoke to the boy, and broke out laughing.
The family accidentally left the phone in a vehicle, and when Johnson went into the house, he realized what was happening. He quickly dialed 911, but didn’t seem to know what to say.
But he thought someone needed help, and was eager to go help them.
One the dispatcher had it and could figure out how to break it to the family, Johnson said: “Officer. I gotta go help people now!”
“He’s got attitude!” the dispatcher commented. “That’s impressive.”
Police released an audio clip Wednesday to show how even small children with fire department training can have an important role to play in emergency situations. And more than a little kid can help. (Bonus: There are also sound effects, for that extra special effect.)
Johnson said that when he called, his parents told him to say something to the dispatcher.
“Go ahead and give her some chances to show her what she knows,” his dad advised.
“Officer, I gotta go help people now!” Johnson said.
“Officer, wait,” the dispatcher said. “He is only 4 years old, but this is what you would say if a 9-year-old wants to come in. You say, go get police in the room.”
Johnson walked out of the house, holding his rambunctious dog. His sister, Madisen, played with the phone as well.
And the operator was ready with a big smile.
“Caller! I gotta go help people now!”
“Officer, I gotta go,” Johnson said again.
“OK. Officer, do you know who you’re calling?”
“Sure. Cops, for a while, around here. And even the fire department,” he said.
The police officer told him to be quiet and waited.
“Officer, you got to be quiet, OK?” the police officer said.
When Johnson walked back into the room, the operator was ready with the big smile.
“You are not messing around, you are taking action,” she said.
Johnson looked up at the operator, and went outside with a grin.
Johnson’s father said that he knew his son had a call with police during the morning, but doesn’t remember how long.
“We’ll let the police know he wanted to take action on a call, so we can send him some stuff for next time,” he said.