Toddler Saves Aunt with 9-1-1 Call

August 20, 2003 - Posted at: 10:28 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, Ark. -- Four-year-old Justin Demont still looks up to superheroes and he actually wants to be one when he grows up. Many people think he's one already.

One morning last week, Demont tried to wake his aunt, Cynthia Newell, and couldn't. So he did what his mom taught him to do: He called 911.

"He said his name is Justin and 'I can't wake my aunt up,'" said Dana Bowen, a Jackson County 911 operator. "I said: 'You can't wake her up?' He said, 'no she's sleeping and she won't talk to me.'"

Newell has diabetes and a history of other medical problems. That's one of the reasons his mom taught Justin how to call for help. Justin says there was no one else around, "So I had to call 991."

He can't say the numbers in the right order, but he knows how to get them right when it counts.

Newell says it's is never too early to teach a child to dial 911, and she's living proof.

"I'm still here because of him and I'm very thankful for that."

All thanks to the quick actions of Jackson County's newest little superhero.