Quick thinking helps local 11-year-old prevent tragedy

   MONONA — A local 11-year-old is being credited as a hero by his family and friends after preventing what could have been a tragedy.

   Monona’s Garett Thornton took control of his father Toby’s vehicle Sept. 21 after Toby lost consciousness while driving along Highway 18 east of Monona.

   “We were heading to Prairie (du Chien) just to get some fishing lures from Cabella’s,” Garett said. “We were heading past the cattle barns on Highway 18 and (my dad) was talking and he didn’t look right. He was talking to me and there was a car in front of us and he starting going in the other lane.”

   Garett said his father began shaking and then hit his head on the window.

   “I started yelling his name and he was on the gas still,” Garett said.


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