Kindergartner is his pappa’s Oklahoma Hero

Tuesday, July 29th 2008, 6:21 pm
By: News 9

"Sometimes the kids are more cool, calm and collective than we are."

He's one of nine finalists up for the honor of the 2007 Oklahoma Hero. As NEWS 9's Doug Warner reports, this nominee showed great courage even if he's not old enough to spell courage.

"911 what's your emergency?" asked the 911 operator.

"My dad is having a diabetic reaction," replied Eddie Hall's daughter Amber Avery.

For the Enid Fire Department 911 calls like Avery's ring in about 3,200 times a year, "That's what we try and keep in mind, is what is routine for us could be someone else's worse day," Fire Marshall Ken Helms said.  

What makes the March 18, 2007, 911 call so significant is the fact that Avery wasn't just getting help from medics over the phone, she was also getting help from someone inside the house named Kodee.

"I don't know what happened," Eddie Hall said. "Until this day, I don't know what happened."

Five-year-old Kodee woke up to find his grandfather Eddie Hall motionless on the floor, after slipping into a diabetic coma.

"Every time it happens, we all cry, cause we never know. As bad as diabetes is we don't know if it's the last one, or last time," Avery said.

It's likely not the last one, and certainly wasn't the last time thanks to Kodee.

"I think he did a good job. Smart young man," Helms said.  

You see, little Kodee was spending the night at his grandfather's house, and as soon as he realized his Pappa Eddie needed help the 5-year-old calmly picked up the phone and called his mother.

"Four o'clock in the morning and Kodee, just calm as can be, said ‘Mom, I think you need to get over here,'" Avery recalled.

Kodee not only has his mother's phone number memorized in case of an emergency, but he also knows how to prick a finger and run blood tests on his Pappa.

"He knows when we're sleeping to watch out over me," Hall said.

And apparently he knows a diabetic coma when he sees one too.

"My son woke him, I guess he woke my son up doing it," Avery told the 911 operator.

While his mother was on the phone to 911 Kodee was giving his Pappa a life-saving injection.

"Sometimes the kids are more cool, calm and collective than we are," said Helms.

Kodee's not one to do much bragging, but the Enid Fire Department is, they along with the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association honored Kodee with a merit award and a brand new bike.

"Had the presence of mind to know what needed to happen, and recognized his grandfather was in trouble and needed help and he needed to get help for him," Helms said.