Hero boy, seven, phones 999 after mother collapsed

Hero boy, seven, is hailed ‘credit to his family’ for ringing 999 after his mother collapsed – as brave youngster’s phone call to emergency services is revealed

  • Ronnie-Lee Gray, from Tilbury, Essex, called 999 for his mother, Becky Gray 

A seven-year-old boy who heroically and calmly called 999 after his mother collapsed has been hailed as a ‘credit to his family’ by police. 

Ronnie-Lee Gray, from Tilbury, Essex, made the call shortly after his mother Becky Gray became unconscious at their home earlier this month, which resulted in an ambulance arriving on the scene quickly. 

His mother had been recovering from a surgery and was suffering from low blood pressure before the collapse.

After Ronnie spoke with emergency services, help quickly arrived and Ms Gray was tended to by A&E staff, who she said kept telling her: ‘Your son is a very clever boy.’ 

An audio recording of the call showed how, after being put through to Essex Police, Ronnie was able to tell the call-handler: ‘My mum just collapsed.’

Ronnie-Lee Gray, seven, rang 999 and stayed miraculously calm, ensuring his mother got help as quickly as possible

Ronnie was invited to his local police station with his mother to meet police officers and call-handlers after his bravery

The call-handler, Ruth Potts, replied: ‘You’re mum has collapsed?’

Ronnie said: ‘Yeah, on the floor.’

Ms Potts tells him: ‘You’re doing really, really well.’

Ronnie then tells her his name, age, and home address so that paramedics could come out to tend to his mother. 

After dispatching an ambulance, Ms Gray began to come around.

Ms Potts asked: ‘Is mum awake now?’ 

Ronnie responded: ‘Mum, do you remember anything?’, before adding to Ms Potts: ‘She doesn’t remember anything.

‘Mum, I’m ringing 999.’

Ms Potts was then able to speak to Ronnie-Lee’s mother, and explained that help was on its way. 

Essex Police’s Force Control Room dealt with the call and arranged for the youngster to visit his local police station to say thank you to him, where he got to check out the team’s quad bikes and meet officers with Thurrock Community Policing Team, who said he showed ‘maturity far beyond his years’. 

Ronnie’s mother said she is ‘so proud’ of her son for his quick thinking

Thurrock Engagement Sergeant, Amelia Moore, said: ‘Ronnie showed maturity far beyond his years in helping his mum that day and clearly avoided a potentially worse outcome. 

‘It’s only right we thank him in some small way by letting him come and meet his local policing team. 

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‘We were delighted to host Ronnie, he was a real pleasure and a credit to his family.’ 

Ronnie’s mother said she is ‘so proud’ of her son for his quick thinking. 

‘I am extremely proud of my son, and I’m very pleased he’s getting this recognition for what he did,’ she said. 

‘There’s not a lot of people of that age who would know to do that and to act in the way he did. 

‘For him to be able to ring up 999 and give his full details and stay calm, it’s amazing.’

 She added that a similar incident has happened in the past, but even at that time her son knew to call for help. 

‘He’s known how to help for quite a while, as I’ve had this problem for some time, particularly when I was pregnant, so we’ve even given him his own phone,’ she said. 

‘I had previously suffered with my blood pressure and sometimes passing out.’ 

Adam Taylor, supervisor of the Force Control Room, said: ‘Praise must also go to call handler Ruth Potts, whose manner and professionalism with Ronnie ensured we had help in place for his mum as quickly as possible.’ 

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