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09/28/04

Preschool Hero Comes To Dad's Rescue

A Gulfport man is calling his 5 year old step son, his hero. Ralph Tillman injured his brain in an accident at work. He says he usually gets at least 10 minutes of warning signs to take his medicine and lay down before he has a seizure. But Saturday night, he didn't get that warning.

Tillman says if it weren't for his brave little boy it could have been much worse.

Joseph Tillman is a pre-school graduate who knows what to do in case of an emergency.

"That's just being heroic to me. I couldn't believe that he had done that. And I feel like if he wouldn't have done that, I don't know how long I would have laid there and what would have happened," Ralph Tillman said.

While suffering a debilitating seizure, Tillman's 5 year old son kept his cool enough to call for help during a very scary situation. Ralph's wife was at work when he blacked out, hit his head and fell to the floor unconcious.

"I basically remember just being in the kitchen and waking up with him tapping me on my face, asking me to wake up and him having the phone in his hand," Ralph Tillman said.

"I was calling 911, right daddy?" Joseph adds.

"That's what he was supposed to be calling, but he called 119," Tillman said. "He had called my brother and my sister in law was on the phone."

Knowing his uncle's number was good enough. His Dad was amazed.

"We had just started teaching him phone numbers two days ago."

After this experience, the Tillman family will be working extra hard on what they say are the three most important numbers for Joseph to remember - 911.

The family also has a big night planned at Chuck E. Cheese to reward Joseph for his bravery and quick thinking.

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