Blaine Dyer, a 7-year-old Brooksville boy, was recently honored for his efforts to help his grandmother, Lorraine Dyer (at left), when she fell into an icy brook in late December. Also at Brooksville Community School when Blaine received the award was his mother, Jen Dyer, Brooksville Volunteer Fire Chief Matt Dow and Blaine’s uncle, Bruce Austin. PHOTO BY TODD NELSON

Brooksville boy honored for calling 9-1-1 after grandma falls into icy water

BROOKSVILLE — A local boy was recently honored for his composure when his grandmother fell into a cold body of water last month.

In late December, Lorraine Dyer and her 7-year-old grandson, Blaine Dyer, were outside and collecting snow to make a giant snowball at her Varnumville Road home.

At one point, the snowbank underneath Lorraine collapsed and she fell into a waist-deep brook, Chief Matt Dow of the Brooksville Volunteer Fire Department said.

Unable to get both her legs back onto the steep bank to pull herself out, Dow said, Lorraine remained in the frigid water for about 20 minutes, while Blaine ran inside and retrieved a cordless, landline telephone.

Back outside, Lorraine instructed her grandson to call 9-1-1, and Dow was one of the first to arrive. Responders helped her out of the brook, and she did not require any medical attention.

To recognize Blaine’s efforts, Dow and several others recently presented an award to the boy during an assembly at Brooksville Elementary School. Selectman Hal Snow attended the presentation, as did Lorraine, Blaine’s mother, Jen Dyer, and his uncle, Bruce Austin.

“This certificate is awarded to Blaine Dyer, for exhibiting outstanding bravery and composure when faced with an emergency situation,” the award states.

They also gifted an emergency whistle to Blaine.

The situation turned out well, according to Chief Dow, in part because the cordless phone retrieved by Blaine was able to work outside the home and at a far distance from the receiver.

But it’s not always guaranteed the phone will work or an adult will be able to guide a child in similar circumstances.

Even though it may seem like a lot of work, Dow advised parents and guardians to instruct their children to memorize the physical address of their homes and to call 9-1-1 in case of emergencies.

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]

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