Imagine, if you will, that you’re caught with your pants down and you just don’t know how to get those darn pants on! What do you do? Whom do you call? Your grandfather is in the other room, but you’re too embarrassed to reach out (I mean, he’s your grandfather!). So, you take the only action you have available to you: you call 911. I bet that sounds ridiculous. No one would ever do anything like that, right? Wrong:
When 2-year-old Aaliyah Garrett from South Carolina needed help putting on her pants, she declared it an emergency and decided to call 911.
Her grandfather, not knowing she had made the call, answered the door to Deputy Martha Lohnes.
As he explained that there was no emergency, a half-dressed Aaliyah hopped up behind her grandfather and waved vigorously to the deputy, all the while trying to put on her pants.
This is when the deputy sprang into action and brought some much-needed assistance to little Aaliyah. But the help didn’t stop when the pants were put on. No sir, Deputy Lohnes went above and beyond the call of duty and helped with shoes as well.
While all these events are true, I write this with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. It is not the point of 911 to help with fashion emergencies, no matter how old the distressed fashion victim may be. It’s not the best use of our police force. But how cool of that the dispatcher and police officer to make that little girl’s day?
“We normally sit them down and say, ‘Hey, this is for emergencies only,’ but she was only 2,” she said. “I was impressed that she could dial at all.”
Aaliyah’s mom Pebbles Ryan said that while they had taught Aaliyah how to dial 911, she’s not sure that her toddler really understood the concept.
“I always told her to call when she needed help, but I didn’t know she’d take it to that extent!” she told InsideEdition.com.
Way to go, Deputy Lohnes. You taught a little girl that she’s covered no matter what the emergency may be!