iPhone ‘Emergency Call’ Feature Allows Boy to Save Grandfather’s Life

We have all heard stories about young people performing acts of heroism beyond their years in emergency situations in order to save a life. What happens when something happens and the only phone in sight is an iPhone locked with a passcode?

Anybody with an iPhone setup to require a passcode has likely noticed the small ‘Emergency Call’ option in the bottom left-hand corner. This means you can actually make a call to 9-1-1 without having to have access to the rest of the phone –which is precisely what a 7-year old boy did when his grandfather “keeled over in a minivan at the side of the road in Chilliwack, B.C.“.

Evan Raap was able to call 9-1-1 and inform the operator about his grandfather becoming unresponsive in the front seat. Then, using landmarks like a store and train tracks the young boy was able to guide police and an ambulance crew to their location on a gravel road.

The incident is a perfect example of many things, not the least of which being Raap’s ability to “stay calm and provide details about his surroundings when he was so scared.” It also demonstrates how easy the iPhone is to use, the elegance of the ‘Emergency Call’ feature and the necessity for parents to educate their children about the proper things to do during an emergency situation.

Raap’s grandfather is now “resting and recovering” in hospital from an unexplained broken back that had caused him to black-out because of severe pain.