Kyle Semrau did not die on April 12. The day started out like any other day, except Kyle’s 6-year-old daughter Macie refused to go to school.
The kindergartener had never done anything like this before, but she missed her dad and it had been a year since her grandmother died, so her parents let her.
Kyle had just gotten home from his night job and wasn’t feeling well because of a problem with his sinuses and lungs. His plan was to spend the day at home with his 4-year-old son Caleb and Macie while his wife went to work.
But later that morning, he got worse. He was having trouble of breathing and losing consciousness over and over again. When he came to briefly, he yelled for help incoherently.
Help was close, thank goodness. During one of Kyle’s moments of consciousness, Macie asked him for the password to his cell phone so she could get into it. Then she went to Google and searched for “Eliot police.”
Macie said, “I pushed this button, typed “Eliot Police,” and then pressed the call button. I don’t want to say it, but I thought he was going to die.’ She said this for the BOSTON25 NEWS.
Judy Smith, who answered the phone at the Eliot Police Department, said that Macie “knew everything,” including her home address, her dad’s name, age, and how to get to him in the basement room where he had been sleeping.
Caleb told Seacoastonline, “Macie called the police, and I was crying a lot. Judy heard me crying over the phone, and then she said it was OK.’
While they waited for help, Macie figured out how to open the door to the basement and told her little brother to close a door upstairs to keep the family dogs from coming down. after two minutes, the police showed up and took Kyle to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital right away.
Kyle spent three days in the hospital getting better. He is now at home resting and has had a lot of time to think about how lucky he was to live.
“Everything is just amazing. I’m very lucky, obviously because of my daughter and son and how the police reacted. Kyle Semrau told Seacoastonline that it was quick.
Kyle doesn’t remember much about the emergency, except that an officer put pressure on his back to keep him awake and Macie asked him for his password. After being treated in the hospital, he checked his phone and saw that “Eliot police” was misspelled in his browser history. This made him realize how much his daughter and son had helped.
“It was amazing. He said, “I was crying too.”
Kyle hopes that telling this story will encourage parents to talk to their kids about where they live and who they live with.
Kyle Semrau said, “If there’s one thing I can say about this whole thing, it’s that everyone should teach kids about awareness. If I hadn’t taught my daughter some things she wouldn’t learn in school, this could have turned out very differently. She is my hero and always will be. She said that for the Boston.com website.
The family can’t help but think about the fact that this happened on the same day that Kyle’s wife’s grandmother died a year ago. Did God have anything to do with what happened that day? “She was home by chance. “The whole thing, everything that happened, is just crazy,” Kyle said.
“It sounds like the moon and the stars lined up,” said the Eliot Police Chief.