Mallory Carl-Mummert may only be in second grade, but she has already proven that in the face of adversity, she is a real hometown hero. After all, how many second graders can say they helped save their mom's life.
Mallory Carl-Mummert may only be in second grade, but she has already proven that in the face of adversity, she is a real hometown hero. After all, how many second graders can say they helped save their mom’s life.
Mallory is a typical 7-year-old. She enjoys reading, math and loves spending time with her grandparents. She is kind and helpful. And she is apparently calm and cool under pressure.
While kids will often call their mom or dad their hero, in Mallory’s house, her mom is quick to point out that her daughter is her hero.
Mallory has gotten quite a bit of attention lately since placing a 911 call to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department after finding her mom unconscious. The sheriff’s department and her school, Camdenton’s Hurricane Deck Elementary, have recognized her efforts. She has received a plaque during an assembly where she was honored by her fellow students.
Although Mallory takes it all in stride, her mom, Kayla Lynn, says her daughter’s actions are something she will always be grateful for and while it is normal for a mom to share a special bond with their child, a life-changing event like the one they experienced makes it even more special.
“She is amazing, she saved my life” Kayla said. “She is my hero.”
On February 23, 7-year-old Mallory woke up around 4:30 a.m. and found her mom unresponsive on the floor. Kara suffers from Type 1 diabetes. She has had it since she was 12-years-old so Mallory has grown up knowing her mom has special medical needs. She instinctively knew she needed to get help to her mom as soon as possible.
The family had just moved into a new home. Kayla had filled out a dry erase board with important contact information on it, but in the new home, it was in a different place. While her mom was unresponsive, Mallory’s 2-year-old sister was sound asleep in the house.
Mallory immediately called 911, and was able to guide emergency responders to their new home in Sunrise Beach, telling them it was located down the fire station road. Mallory got the address off the mailbox and kept flashing the porch light until help arrived. Throughout the incident, Mallory remained calm and the followed directions of the dispatcher who took the emergency call.
As a result, her mom was able to receive the medical care she needed in time.
“She is amazing,” Kayla said.
Her calm demeanor and clear thinking impressed Communications Officer Rhonda Lafoy who was instrumental in letting everyone know what the young girl had done.
Kayla said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.
Her teacher, David Gephart, said he is impressed with her bravery and is honored to be her teacher.