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911 Dispatcher Takes Emergency Call About Her Own Son

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Highland County, Va.- A 911 dispatcher in Virginia took an emergency call about her own son on Saturday.

Jerri VanReenen was working over the weekend with the Highland County Sheriff when a call came in that a 5-year-old boy had been run over by a lawn mower.

It turns out, the boy was her son James.

According to VanReenen, James ran up behind a lawnmower driven by a relative when he was accidentally hit.

VanReenen says the call was one of the most stressful of her life.

"I think what kept me calm is if I started to panic James would, too," she said.

Fellow dispatcher Brenda Pullin says that VanReenen had urgency in her voice, but she was smooth and under control through the situation.

Highland County Deputy Ronald Wimer relieved VanReenen, so she could go be with her son.

"Just kind of responded to the office to relieve her knowing that she was the only dispatcher," Deputy Wimer said.

James did lose two toes in the accident, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

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