Boy Takes the Wheel After Dad’s Seizure

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DRACUT, Mass. -- A 12-year-old boy and his sister are safe after his quick thinking saved their lives. Patrick Canney was riding in the car with his father and sister when he sensed something was wrong.

"When we started slowing down I knew something was wrong," Canney said.

He said his dad showed the signs of a seizure while they rode on the highway on Saturday. Canney's 9-year-old sister who has special needs was riding in the back seat. The boy says he knew he had to do something.

"I grabbed the steering wheel and pulled it to the side," he said. "When we were really slow, I turned the key off and tried to put it in park. I took his phone out of his pocket and called 911."

The boy didn't know where he was or what road he was on, but was able to describe landmarks. Police say the boy had helped his sister out of the car and she was safely behind a guard rail when they arrived. His mother is proud of her son's actions.

"I think he's an amazing little boy," said Debra Canney, the boy's mom.

His sister is proud as well.

"My brother recused me," said Samantha Canney.

Debra Canney had prepared her son previously in the event that something like this happened while the family was in the car. Patrick says he was ready for this moment because of his mom's instructions.

Canney's father, who was unconscious, was taken to a local clinic and is reported to be in good condition.

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