Colquitt County -- In 1968, the numbers 911 were designated as the universal emergency telephone number in North America. It's a number we now dial almost instinctively, a number we teach our children almost as soon as they can walk and talk.
Little Sean Lumpkin learned to dial those three numbers just a few years ago and already it's paid off.
Sean Lumpkin loves his video games-- like DragonBall Z. And football teams like the Atlanta Falcons. This second grader even loves school. "I like writing and readings and stuff," Sean says.
His musical talent earned him a school medal "For learning how to play music and the bell," he explains.
But now, Sean has a new medal-- because he is a 911 hero, for saving his mother's life. Sean Lumpkin, at that time seven years old, dialed 911.
Here's how his 911 call went:
911, What's your emergency?
Sean: Um, yes, I think my Mama's having a seizure.
911: "OK. And you think she's having a seizure?"
Sean: "Um-hmm. I don't know if she's breathing or not."
911: "You don't know if she's breathing or not? Is there anybody else there with you?"
Sean: "Uh, uh. My daddy's at work."
911: "Your daddy's at work, so you're all alone?"
He amazed Communications Officer Jestina Singletary, who says, "The fact that he was seven years old and he was so calm."
Now, Sean gets to meet the people who sent his mom help. "It seems cool and everything. I kinda like this place," says Sean.
They get to see the little boy they know so well, but have never met. "Everybody here knows him, now we just get to put a face to his name," says Jestina Singletary.
You see, Sean Lumpkin is a familiar name at the 911 center. "We've had like 10 calls from him," Singletary says.
911: "Has she done this before?"
Sean:"She's done this a lot of times."
911: "She's done this a lot of times?"
Sean:"Um-hmm, having seizures."
Ten times so far. "I can never know when I'm going to have a seizure at times," says Corrine Lumpkin.
Sean's been calling 911 since he was five years old. "I say, 'My mom's having a seizure.'"
And Colquitt County Emergency workers are very familiar with this young hero. "Sean will stay calm and answer our questions and give us what we need so we can get his mom some help," says Communications Officer Teresa Warburg.
His parents know. "It's a great responsibility for him," says Elijah Lumpkin.
And his Mom is grateful. "He's looking at me. 'You all right, Mom?' And I say, 'I'm gonna be okay.'"
She will be okay thanks to this little boy who looks up to the people who answer his calls. "I bet when I grow up I'm gonna be a hero and take calls from children when their mama or daddy gets sick."
But Sean Lumpkin doesn't have to wait until he grows up to be a hero. He already is. Sean got to go to Atlanta, to the state capitol, where he was awarded his new medal by the Governor of Georgia, hailed as a true 911 hero.
A day little Sean will never forget. And a medal he may well never take off "Did you sleep in your medal last night or did you take it off? 'I slept with my medal.'" A medal, a permanent reminder that Sean will always be a hero to his mom.
Eight Children were recognized in that 911 ceremony in Atlanta in March. Also among them was five year old Christian Phillippi of Tifton who called 911 for his ill grandmother.