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Clayton parents are thankful for worker who helped ill daughter

ThompsonGas service technician Jeremy Fulkerson, left, stands next to Emily Patton, 15, at the Patton home in Clyton.
ThompsonGas service technician Jeremy Fulkerson, left, stands next to Emily Patton, 15, at the Patton home in Clyton. ndunn@newsobserver.com

Jeremy Fulkerson arrived at the Patton home in Clayton a little early.

Fulkerson, a technician with ThompsonGas, was there to do an inspection. He was greeted at the door by 15-year-old Emily Patton, who was home from school with a cold.

Not long after Emily opened the door for Fulkerson, she passed out.

“She was holding onto the door and all of the sudden leaned back and fell on the floor,” Fulkerson said.

She was lying face down before Fulkerson rolled her over and got her sitting up.

He helped her to a nearby couch, where she got on the phone and called her parents.

“I sat there and waited with her until they got home,” he said.

For Fulkerson, helping Emily was no big deal. “It was a natural reaction,” he said.

But to Emily’s dad, Tom, it meant a lot.

“He didn’t know what he was going to encounter when he walked up to my door, but given the circumstance, he stepped up,” Tom said. “Being the parent of a 15-year-old, it was nice to know that when I was heading home.”

Emily was OK. She fell to the floor after getting a little lightheaded, her father said. It had happened before a few years ago when she had a head cold.

By the time he got home, Tom said, Emily was doing well and had settled down.

“With him being able to stay there and make sure she was alright was definitely a comfort,” Tom said.

Fulkerson, 34, of Kenly said most of his work orders are pretty basic. “Nothing out of the ordinary usually happens,” he said.

But the father of two said he was happy to help in this unusual situation.

“Her parents said, ‘Thank you,’” Fulkerson said. “They were just glad someone was with her when it happened.”

Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104

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