Mich. medics award boy, 7, who helped save his mom after dog attack
Monroe Community Ambulance paramedics presented Wyatt Musulin with a "Live Saving Award" for taking the proper steps to aid his injured mother
Monroe News, Mich.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — No one really knows how they'll respond to a crisis until an emergency strikes.
But a 7-year-old boy from Monroe Township proved that being prepared truly makes a difference in one's reaction – and now he's being honored for his bravery.
Wyatt Musulin has been taught how to respond to a medical emergency, according to his mother, Jennifer Musulin, who's a Type 1 diabetic and has instructed her son about what to do if she experiences a health-related crisis.
So when Jennifer called for help in late July, Wyatt quickly sprang into action, although he probably expected that his mom was having a dangerous blood sugar episode. Even still, the shock of seeing his mom seriously injured after being attacked by a dog wasn't enough to deter him from getting help.
"He was out the door so quick," Jennifer recalled. "We've talked about what to do if I have a low blood sugar emergency, so he knew right away to get help when I yelled for him."
On July 29, Jennifer, who's also a teacher at St. Mary Catholic Central High School, was caring for her foster dogs. An experienced rescue volunteer, she said she's provided regular care to hundreds of dogs.
From one of the rescue's behavior, Jennifer said she could sense that the dog was frightened and may attempt to escape from her enclosure and attack.
"I've had well over 300 foster dogs with zero bites until this incident," she said. "But I could tell she felt scared, and at that moment, I just knew she was going to break out."
After the attack, Jennifer said she immediately called for help from Wyatt, who was in another part of the house. He quickly came to her rescue, she explained, and reacted accordingly.
Wyatt went to a neighbor's house, knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell until someone answered, according to reports. He reportedly relayed all necessary information about his mom's injury to the neighbor who promptly called 9-1-1.
"I told the neighbor to call 9-1-1," Wyatt explained when recalling the incident. "I told her everything she needed to know. I knocked on the door and rang the doorbell so she would hear me."
Thanks to his quick actions, Monroe Community Ambulance personnel said its agency, along with firefighters from the Monroe Township Fire Department, were able to arrive to the Musulin's home within minutes of her injury.
"The paramedics who showed up made such a huge difference for me," Jennifer said. "They calmed me down and kept me from being in a total panic."
To celebrate Wyatt's heroic actions, MCA paramedics met with the family to present him with a "Life Saving Award" in recognition of his bravery and quick actions.
First responders explained that they were impressed with his response and pleased to know that, even at just 7 years old, he knew how to properly react to an emergency.
Seeing the paramedics again was a positive experience for Wyatt, giving him a sense of pride, Jennifer explained. Now that he knows his mom is safe, he said he's excited to share his story and award with schoolmates during his class "show and share."
"Getting this award made Wyatt so proud of himself and happy," Jennifer said. "I think hearing from the professionals that he did the right thing made a huge impact on him."
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