LIFE

Elderly Woman Tries To Call Son For Help After Falling In Apartment, But She Dials Wrong Number

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

On January 11, 2017, 80-year-old Halene Johnson was trying to get out of bed when she slipped and fell to the ground, injuring herself.

She stayed on the ground, unable to move, for hours while she tried to muster the energy to get to her phone. She finally tried to call her son, but in her pain, she accidentally dialed the wrong number.

The person who answered the phone happened to be a police officer, and she was lucky he didn’t hang up. When most people answer a call from a wrong number, they inform the person that they’ve misdialed and then hang up.

That’s not what Detective Dana Pugmire did, though.

He could tell something was wrong, and he wanted to make sure the woman on the other end of the line was OK.

Detective Pugmire called for assistance, and sent it to Halene’s house. After he called for help, he stayed on the line with Halene for 20 minutes, just to make sure she was OK.

Afterward, Detective Pugmire called Halene’s son, whom she was originally trying to reach. Since she was transported to the hospital, Detective Pugmire has kept in touch with Halene, making sure she’s OK — he even brought her flowers.

“I feel like you saved my life,” Halene told Detective Pugmire. “You’re my hero.”

This police officer went above and beyond the call of duty when he helped Halene, and she’s truly grateful.

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