Winslow boy stayed calm after dad was hurt in ATV crash, hailed as hero

Posted Nov. 22, 2011, at 7:50 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:05 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — Family members are calling a 9-year-old Winslow boy a hero for remaining calm and calling for help after his father was knocked unconscious in an ATV accident.

Brennan Dunton’s aunt says the boy was riding an all-terrain vehicle with his father, Brian, in Farmington on Saturday when a front wheel caught a dip and sent the ATV careening into a tree.

The aunt, Amy Smith, tells the Morning Sentinel that Brennan, riding on the rear seat, had cuts and bruises. But his father collapsed unconscious with broken bones.

The boy dug his dad’s cellphone from a pocket and called his mother, who told her son to call 911.

Brian Dunton was taken to a hospital but is expected to be OK.

Both were wearing helmets.

 

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