Mom Says 12-Year-Old A Hero After Making 911 Call

A 12-year-old Lenoir County boy is credited for staying calm and calling 911 after his older brother cracked open his head Tuesday in an accident.

Trey Turner was lifting weights, training for football, when a bar fell across his forehead. His younger brother Zachary was the only other person home.

Zachary was able to calm his own fears and listened to 911 operators as they told him exactly what to do. The boy grabbed a towel and applied pressure so his older brother did not lose any more blood.

Trey received multiple stitches at the hospital and is going to be okay. From now on he says he'll weight train only with a spotter.

The boys' mother says Zach is a hero for how well he handled the situation.


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  • by Hayleigh on Oct 12, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    yay zachary is a heroo i am glad you made that call and did evrything that she said do great jobbb zachh!!!
  • by Kelly Location: Kinston on Aug 31, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    Ann thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Without you guiding my brothers God only knows what could have happened had you not answered or had he not called. But I do hope you understand that we as a family are very thankful for everyone that helped. My mom could hardly speak when the news interviewed her but she is as well very grateful.
  • by Ann Location: Lenoir Co. 911 on Aug 22, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Dear Turner Family, I am the 911 dispatcher that took Zach's call. I am so glad everything turned out well for Trey and he is going to be OK. My greatest compliments to Zach for being strong and brave so he could help his brother. All of the dispatchers that day were so proud of him for the outstanding job he did to control the bleeding and how he remained calm even though he was on the verge of hysteria! I am glad I was able to help your family during a crisis such as this and know that we are always available.
  • by Jonathan Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2010 at 09:01 PM
    Zach, you really did a great job staying calm under a very pressing situation. You have made many people very proud including me. Glad to hear Trey is doing better, I know the football field is calling him! Hurry back Trey!
  • by Wendy Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    To the family:you are correct-great job Zach and Trey-they both are young-yet remained calm enough to follow instructions. I am thankful they both are doing well. We all know dispatchers are on the front line and much needed-I read earlier where the family thanked everyone that assisted. Mom was correct-Very often adults find it difficult to follow instructions during a traumatic experience(I am a dispatcher also).
  • by Charlene Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    Watching the news was the first time hearing the 911 call, I am very proud of Zachary for being calm and the 911 operator guiding Zachary, but mostly I thank God for saving my sons life, he defintley had his hand on him Tuesday. Hopefully our family can meet the operator and let her know she is also our hero
  • by irate Location: greenville on Aug 19, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    He "cracked open his head"?. What, are juveniles writing these news stories? Whatever happened to professional writing and journalism? Anyway, glad he's ok.
  • by Kelly Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Just wanted to say thanks for all the support from everyone it means so much to our family. Just for the record we do appreciate the 911 operator she was amazing. She was great at keeping him clam, and making him do what he needed to do. Please don't take anything away from the fact that a 12yo boy helped with the guidance of a 911 operator stop the bleeding of his 15yos 11inch laceration. What he did was amazing I don't know many adults who could have handled the situation as he did. So Patricia lets stay positive, and just know that we do really really appreciate everything that everyone has done from the operator, LCEMS, LMH ER, to the plastic surgeon at Pitt. Again, thanks to everyone for all the support our family has really been touched by all of you!
  • by Crystal Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    I met Zach for the first time just a few weeks ago and he is an awesome kid, I am proud of him and I'm also very glad to know that Trey is going to be ok. Kelly & Christa- you two have some pretty awesome brothers!!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 19, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Zach you are the man. Trey hope for a speedy recovery!
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