Boys help rescue grandma after mountain fall


by Jason Volentine

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Posted on April 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 7 at 9:40 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A mountain rescue in Peoria ended with a grandmother doing okay thanks to a couple young heroes who made sure rescuers knew just where to find the woman after she fell on Sunday evening.

According to the Glendale Fire Department, a woman and her two young grandsons were hiking in Thunderbird Conservation Park just before sunset when the 57-year-old grandma fell and hit her head. 

"Those kids did a great job,” said Capt. Sean Alford with the Glendale Fire Department.

Glendale crews said the boys, just 7 and 8 years old, snapped into action when their grandma fell and hit her head. Despite finding themselves in charge of an emergency situation, the boys called 9-1-1 and calmly told dispatchers where they were and how rescue crews could get to them.

“The fact they knew where they were - either they had been here before or grandma had the knowledge to inform them of what trail they were doing and their whereabouts because they all knew where the amphitheater is. That's kind of a landmark on the mountain,” said Alford.

Meanwhile, one of the boys even ran down the mountain to signal rescuers and take them right to where his grandma was waiting for help.

“Very impressive, very impressive,” said Alford. “Obviously parents are doing their homework, the kids are doing theirs and learning and listening to knowing the 9-1-1 system and how to dial it…and how to answer those important questions that can get us to the family member.”

The grandma walked away with some cuts and scrapes and bruises but was doing well enough to head home with family members. 

For their efforts, the boys got a short ride off the mountain in a fire truck and they were all smiles.