CAMAS, Wash. – A 10-year-old girl who called 9-1-1 when she heard burglars break into her home met the 9-1-1 operator who guided her through the dramatic ordeal.
Paityn Mock and her mother Jenn met operator Rich Foster on Tuesday to thank him for calmly staying on the phone with Paityn for 14 minutes.
“You did an excellent job,” Foster told Paityn.
“Thank you for helping me through it,” Paityn said.
A week ago, the two had a much more terrifying conversation.
Paityn said she didn't answer the door because she saw there was a stranger outside. Instead, she hid in the pantry and watched as the burglars broke in through a downstairs window. She called 9-1-1.
Foster worked to keep Paityn safe and calm while three burglars ransacked her home.
“I’m in my pantry, they’re upstairs,” Paityn told Foster.
“Can you get out of your house safely?” Foster asked.
“They’re teenagers that are in my house,” she said.
Foster then helped guide her out of the house.
“I’m going to keep you on the phone until and officer gets there. Are you still in the backyard?”
“Yes, I’m by the tree but if they drive up they can clearly see me, but I’m trying to hide.”
“OK, just keep trying to hide, you’re doing good, OK?”
Paityn’s mom, Jenn, was at the grocery store. Paityn said she watched her mom arrive and rush into their home, not knowing if the burglars were gone.
“I was scared because I didn’t know if they were still in there and if they had any weapons on them,” said Paityn.
Deputies were already on the scene. They said they arrested one of the suspects and are looking for two others.
Jenn Mock said it will be a while before she leaves her daughter home alone again, but she was very impressed by Paityn’s poise under pressure when she listened to the 9-1-1 call.
“It sent me into tears the first time I heard it, but she got somebody that was understanding and knew he could keep her calm,” said Mock. “I can’t be more thankful. Because you never know how this could have ended if she interrupted something.
“I can’t be prouder of her.”
Paityn said she was very grateful for Foster’s help, but she doesn’t want to listen to the call again. Going through it once was enough for her.
“I was freaking out inside,” Paityn said. “But I wasn’t screaming or anything like that outside.
"I just wanted to stay safe and calm."
Learn more: Tips for parents in leaving kids home alone