Spencer Lindsay was all smiles Thursday as Sheriff Clay Whittle officially dubbed him Columbia County's newest, and youngest, honorary junior deputy.
The 5-year-old was honored in Appling in front of a room full of officers for the county's first "911 Hero Award." Spencer was honored for the emergency call he made when his diabetic mother went into a severe insulin shock last week.
Alone with his mother and 3-year-old brother, Jared, Spencer immediately called for help and was able to verify his correct address with the dispatcher and provide her with an accurate description of his mother's condition.
Police said Julie Lindsay would have probably slipped into a coma or died if he hadn't called when he did.
"We've practiced for this before, but we never thought that I would actually become unconscious," Mrs. Lindsay said. "He's done a great job with all of the publicity, but he keeps asking us what a `hero' is and what `celebrity' means."
Spencer took his fame in stride at the sheriff's offices, explaining that his father taught him how to call 911 when he was four.
"We practiced, but not when she really had diabetes," he said.
Spencer's mother collapsed at their home on Shadowood Drive just hours before the family was scheduled to attend an open house at Belair Elementary School to meet Spencer's new kindergarten teachers.
Spencer said that school is going well, he likes his teachers and he has a lot of friends.
"I like it, but I don't like rest time," he said. "I hate it when we have to do that."
Sheriff Whittle commended the youngster for his courage and quick thinking.
"We try to teach our kids things every day," Sheriff Whittle said. "We teach them right from wrong, to be polite, to be nice to others, and we try to teach the basic concept of this three-digit number.
"Does it really work? It did in this case. Spencer remembered and utilized this at a very young age and because of that, his mom is still standing here today."
Scotty Fletcher can be reached at 868-1222, Ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.