County pays tearful tribute to heroic teenager

In a tearful moment, Jackson County commissioners Wednesday paid tribute to a 14-year-old Eagle point youth who averted a car crash when his mother lost consciousness behind the wheel earlier this month.

Jase Deemer, an Eagle Middle School eighth-grader, received a commendation from the commissioners along with 9-1-1 dispatcher Sally Brown.

"Jase Deemer is a hero," said Commissioner C.W. Smith.

Commissioners played a recording of the 9-1-1 call where Jase remained calm while his mother, Amanda Springer, was having a seizure.

Unbeknownst to the dispatcher, the car was still moving down the road and Jase was trying to steer from the passenger seat.

When he finally told the dispatcher he was steering the car, but was worried he was going to crash, Springer calmly told the boy to put the brakes on and pull over to the side of the road.

After the car was stopped, Deemer consoled his mother and prevented her from driving the car, which had a manual transmission. Jase told her, "I love you."

Brown, the dispatcher, kept the boy calm during the entire ordeal while she directed emergency vehicles to Reese Creek Road in Eagle Point.

When Smith tried to read the tribute to Jase, his eyes welled up and he passed the microphone to Commissioner Jack Walker.

"I still get choked up and I apologize," said Smith.

Springer and many audience members also wiped away tears after listening to the 9-1-1 account.

Commissioner Dave Gilmour told Jase, "In times like these you can see the true character of people."

Walker told the dispatcher, "We aspire to have more people like you on our 9-1-1 boards."

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