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Pokemon Go becomes a lifesaver

For one Arizona grandmother, a hunt for Pokemon helped save a boy’s life

The latest trending smartphone app has Generation Y feeling a bit nostalgic.

Pokemon Go, an app that allows the user to become a virtual trainer and capture characters while walking around, has been a hit with users since its July 6 release. Even some of The Undefeated’s staff members have been getting in on the fun.

Though it’s used for recreational purposes, the game most recently helped an Arizona grandmother unexpectedly save a life.

During a visit to a park with her granddaughter, Jeanette Warren discovered a little boy who looked as if he might have been dehydrated. With quick thinking, she immediately dialed 911 and stayed with the little boy until the fire apartment arrived.

“We were able to get the fire department to him and basically save him from dehydration in the desert where no one would have seen him,” Warren said in an interview.

Though Warren’s story ended on a positive note, safety officials are warning users to exercise caution and sound judgment while roaming around and trying to “catch ‘em all,” especially when characters can be found all around communities at any time of day or night.

Warren admits she may not have been able to help the little boy had she not been at the park to catch Pokemon.

“This is one of those situations where the game actually saved someone,” she said.

Watch Warren’s full interview here.

Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.