6-year-old calls 911 after grandfather collapses

Posted at 10:22 PM, Mar 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-14 00:24:54-04

Six-year-old Colby Bertelsen encountered a frightening moment when his grandfather collapsed with no one else in the house to help.

Colby had the sense to call 911 Monday so dispatch could send someone over to help 60-year-old Calvin Bertelsen, who had collapsed in the doorway.

During the 911 call, Colby told dispatch that his grandfather said "he needed a doctor" before he fell.

"He was having a seizure," said Calvin Bertelsen's wife Nita. "He's never had a seizure before, so he totally blacked out; my husband doesn't remember where he was when he fell."

The dispatcher talked with Colby for several minutes assessing his grandfather's situation. Colby was instructed to try and turn his grandfather on his back, but to no avail. Paramedics arrived soon after.

Nita Bertelsen said her husband had health problems before.

"'He had a stroke last May, that's why I told Colby how to call 911, in case he had a stroke again," said Colby's grandmother. "I'm glad Colby called 911. I don't know what would've happened if he hadn't been here to call 911."

Nita Bertelsen says Colby's grandfather was grateful and while visiting Calvin in the hospital he told her that "Colby saved my life."