Think kids are too young to know what to do in an emergency? Think again. Here are real life inspirational stories of young children acting heroically under emergency situations.
Younger Cousin From Path Of Car
Jacksonville, Florida — Noah Patrick (photo above) is in fair condition, recovering from two broken legs and other injuries sustained when his 12-year-old cousin backed a car over him Sunday while moving a car from the driveway.
But the story doesn't end there. Not only is the 7-year-old in remarkably good spirits, his family is proud of him — calling him a brave little boy.
When the older cousin was moving the car at the request of Noah's father, she didn't see that Noah was in the way. He was hit and dragged across the street.
As more information about what happened in those seconds before he was hit came out, his family learned that Noah had saved his 4-year-old cousin's life.
Family Says Noah Acted Instinctively
His mother, Renee Green, has been by her son's side since he was rushed to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center. She and other family members told Channel 4's Joyce Morgan Monday that Noah reacted instinctively to save his 4-year-old cousin Cyrus.
"The story was told by another cousin out there that Cyrus was the one geared to get hit," Noah's mother, Renee Green, said. "But Noah pushed him out of the way."
"There was no thinking when it came to protect Cyrus. He just did it," Noah's grandmother, Gloria Freeman, said. "He didn't know the danger that lied ahead for him."
Green said Noah is in good spirits, considering everything that's happened to him. But she said the road to recovery is long and tough. "Throughout it all, he's still thinking about everybody else but himself," Noah's mother said. "He does not realize the pain and the process he has to go through."
That process means a minimum of least 6 to 8 weeks in a cast from the waist down, and many doctor visits.
Saves Mom Following Collapse
Whidbey Island, Washington — The act itself was seemingly simple enough, involving just one phone call and several words. But that task is a heroic feat when you consider the person who made the call.
The caller was a 2-year-old girl, who called 911 after her mother collapsed inside their Oak Harbor home.
Erika Miller was playing with her daughter, Alana (photo above), on Thursday night when a migraine suddenly hit her. "Usually, I can take care of it with medication, but I was out of the medication I normally use for that," she said.
Erika took some painkillers, but they didn't stop the trouble ahead. "I remember feeling a little bit dizzy," she said. "Took two or three more steps and hit the floor."
Alana watched as Erika collapsed in the next room. She then walked up to the coffee table, picked up the phone and dialed 911.
"While she was on the phone she said 'Mommy ouch,'" said Petty Officer William Cummings, with Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Those two words sent Cummings to Alana's house. Inside, he found Erika on the floor and Alana in the other room, getting a blanket for mommy, who was shivering.
Paramedics took Erika to the hospital. "I was shocked to hear my 2 year old had the ability and knowledge to call 911," she said.
It turns out she had learned it all from Erika, who is a volunteer for the Red Cross. "I had shown her a few months ago. 'This is what you do when there' s a big "owie'"' ... or what buttons to push. Maybe some of it sunk in," she said.
Erika was released from the hospital on the same day. She said she has had several CAT scans, but the results didn't reveal any underlying problems.
Erika says she now has the correct medication, but says she finds comfort in knowing that Alana knows what to do in case of an emergency.
And, it turns out, Alana knows quite a few words for a 2 year old, in both English and in German. "I'm so proud of her," Erika said.
Hailed As Hero In Canal Rescue
Ross (photo on left) said the ordeal had left him badly shaken. He said: "I was frightened because I felt really strange with the cold. Water kept going in to my mouth and I would have drowned if Daniel hadn't been there because I couldn't touch the ground."
Ross's mum, Selena, 27, said her son would have died if it has not been for the heroic efforts of his young rescuer.
Mrs. Hunter, of Polwarth, Edinburgh, said: "All of a sudden I heard this screaming and my heart sank. When I saw him I knew there was something really wrong because he is a brave boy and he doesn't usually cry. I have taken this as a warning and am never letting him out of my sight again. I am so grateful to Daniel and can't thank him enough."
Daniel, from Manchester, was on holiday and staying with his aunt whose home overlooks the canal when the incident happened on Monday.
The photo on the left shows rescue hero Daniel Peden. His mother, Deirdre, said: "I am so proud of him. It was such a good thing for him to do because he could have just stood there."
A spokesman for British Waterways, said: "Canals are very enjoyable places but they should be treated with respect. You must keep away from the edge at all times, stick to the tow path and take the usual safety measures when near water."