STEPHENVILLE (June 26, 2018)-The Stephenville Police Department held a 911 Kid Hero Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday honoring a local hero.
On March 29, 2018, 12-year-old Noah Sohm, was not able to wake his mother up. Sohm knew his mother was a diabetic, and he immediately called 911.
“It was Thursday and my mom had me working on some school work and then all of a sudden, she got really tired and said she was going to take a nap and she told me to work on my remaining assignments and I did,” Noah said. “Then, I started to hear her pump going off and then I peeked into my mom’s room and saw my dog barking and snuggling into her neck. I checked her insulin pump and the blood sugar read below 40 and I called my dad to let him know what was going on and I called 911.”
Dispatch Supervisor, Kristi Metsgar, took the call from Noah and said he remained very calm throughout the entire call. He immediately gave dispatchers the address and his phone number upon request. He told dispatch he had a dog before he was even asked. He also put the dog up as requested so first responders would not have any issues entering his home.
“I knew that if I panicked then, I wouldn’t have time to react properly and then everything would go haywire,” Noah said.
The 9-1-1 for Kids Local 9-1-1 Heroes program was established in 1999. The purpose of the award is to recognize heroic youngsters who called 911 to save a life or property or to report a crime. The heroes are nominated by public safety answering points. These children methodically and calmly called 911 and provided the dispatcher with the necessary information to route emergency personnel (police, fire department or medical emergency response) quickly. Metsgar nominated Noah for the 911 Kid Hero Award.
“I was extremely impressed with how well he answered the questions I asked him,” Metsgar said during the ceremony. “Some of the answers he even provided before I was able to ask the questions. He even advised dispatch that he could hear the ambulances as they were arriving. Noah remained very calm and I was extremely impressed with his bravery throughout the entire call.”
Although Sohm handled the situation calmly, he said he was a little nervous, but it wasn’t the first time his mom’s blood sugar had dropped.
“This had happened once when I was three years old,” Noah said. “It was just after Mother’s Day, and so I was able to remember what to do and my mom had told me what to do several times after that.”
Noah was presented with several awards and recognition during the ceremony from the Stephenville Police Department and the House of Representatives along with many others.