November 9, 2012 — Seven-year-old Evan Raap became a hero to his family and his community when he recently dialed 911 after his grandfather George Epp experienced a medical emergency.
Evan Raap with his grandfather George Epp.
Evan, who attends Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church with his family in Chilliwack, British Columbia, was riding with his grandfather when Epp suddenly pulled the vehicle over and passed out. Evan knew something wasn’t right.
“I went in the front of the car, got his phone, and dialed 911. I was worried,” Evan explained. He even had the presence of mind to direct emergency personnel to their location based on nearby street signs, allowing officers to arrive within minutes.
Evan’s mother, Melissa Raap, explained the most amazing part of the story of her father and her son, the part left out by the public media. “God’s hand was so evident that day. Evan was not supposed to be with my dad early that morning,” she said. “But a last-minute schedule change had Brian [Evan’s dad] asking my dad to watch Evan a few hours before Evan’s soccer game. We know that God put Evan in that car with my dad. It’s so amazing how he used Evan in such a special way that day.”
Evan has now been recruited by the local police detachment to share his story and bring awareness to the importance of teaching kids how to use cell phones, and how and when to call 911 for help.
“We’re all very proud of Evan,” said Melissa Raap. “He was able to jump in and get Grandpa the help that he needed.”
George Epp, who attends New Life CRC in Abbotsford, spent about 10 days in hospital undergoing tests. Doctors believe a seizure may have led to a back injury while he was driving.