Boy, 5, saves father suffering stroke by directing troopers to car

Boy, 5, saves father suffering stroke by directing troopers to car

STANFIELD, Ore. -- A quick-thinking 5-year-old saved his father's life when he guided troopers to the location of his car while his father was having a stroke.

You can credit Dax Paget for the fact that his father, Robert, is alive right now.

"He is a very bright young man," Oregon State Police Trooper Joseph Dezso said in a statement of Dax.

The heroics started Sunday morning when an OSP's dispatch center received a call from Spokane, Wash., 911 dispatchers about a report from a woman who said her son called her because his father was having a medical emergency.

Using the father's cell phone records, authorities discovered the father and son were close to a cell tower near Stanfield in Eastern Oregon.

Because they couldn't pinpoint his exact whereabouts, troopers checked Interstate 82 and Interstate 84 in search of Paget's car.

When Trooper Dezso called Robert Paget's cellphone, the trooper thought the man was having a stroke. The phone was given to his son who answered questions about their surroundings.

"One of the most important details was provided when the boy said a train was passing by the car," OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said in a statement. "This detail helped the troopers move toward Interstate 84 west of Interstate 82 where they knew train tracks paralleled the freeway lanes."

Less than 45 minutes after the initial call, the trooper spotted the car on the side of the road. Robert Paget was found to be having difficulty speaking, was unable to move one side of his body and was starting to lose consciousness, Hastings said.

Robert Paget was rushed by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Ore., and later transferred to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

He was in critical condition, but is expected to survive. Family members said he is showing signs of improvement.

Trooper Dezso praised the boy's bravery.

"We are so glad to hear his father should pull through," Dezso said.

Dax's mother told troopers her son wants to be a police officer when he grows up.