Arlington Fire Department awards 9-year-old for saving his mom’s life


The 9-year-old's mom, Jaimee Wise, suffered a ruptured brain aneurism and is in critical condition.

Courtesy: Arlington County Fire Department

ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — An Arlington firefighter’s son was awarded the Lifesaving Award — one of the Arlington Fire Department’s highest honors — for saving his mom’s life.

On October 13, 9-year-old Aiden was playing outside in the Douglas Park neighborhood and noticed his mom was having a medical emergency. He called 911 and knew to provide his full address and full details to the dispatcher.

The award is usually reserved for firefighters. “He absolutely was responsible for saving his mother’s life that day and we really appreciate his bravery,” said Arlington County Fire Department spokesperson Taylor Blunt. “Maybe we’ll see him on the force one day.”

Jaimee Wise suffered a ruptured brain aneurism and is in critical condition. According to the GoFundMe created on her behalf, she’s expected to be in the hospital for another two weeks.

“In addition to possibly having to make some major home renovations and purchase any necessary medical equipment, Jaimee’s husband, Josh, will be responsible for hospital bills, rehab bills, medical transportation costs, home health care, and more,” the organizer said. Over $55,000 has been raised.

The fire department has known Aiden since he was born. “He’s been around the firehouse a lot and he’s always interested in what we’re doing. We heard about this tragedy and we immediately thought of Aiden, we thought of Josh, we thought of Jaimee,” said Blunt. “We do our best to take care of each other when we’re knocked down and this situation’s no different. Josh is the salt of the earth. The whole family is so gracious.”

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