Brave 10-Year-Old Says 'The Rock' Helped Him Save His Little Brother

by Cassandra Stone
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The boy says watching the movie San Andreas helped him save his little brother

When we find ourselves in a frightening scenario where there’s no choice but to improvise and think on our feet, even adults can get flustered and lose their cool. That’s not the case for 10-year-old Jacob O’Connor, who saved his two-year-old brother from drowning after he fell into their grandma’s pool.

He realized his brother had figured out a way to open the door and was laying face-down in the pool, so he acted fast to save him.

“I pulled him out, and I started giving him compressions,” Jacob said. He said he did that a few times, then ran into the house to tell his grandmother, who called 911. The little boy was rushed to the hospital where he eventually recovered from the near-drowning.

How did Jacob know to pull his brother out and immediately start giving chest compressions? One would assume it’s probably from a school-sanctioned CPR class with everyone’s favorite dummy, Creepy Ass Annie. But nope, that’s not how Jacob garnered the well-beyond-his-years, life-saving knowledge that saved his little brother’s life.

He credits a scene from the movie San Andreas starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, where The Rock’s character saves a drowning girl’s life by administering chest compressions.

“[In the movie] there was a daughter that was drowning, and he had to get her out and he did the same thing,” Jacob says.

Understandably impressed with this young “real-life” hero, The Rock congratulated the young hero on Twitter and Instagram:

Jacob and his brother are even getting a special treat — The Rock wants to meet them in person!

“I gotta shake the hand of a real life 10yr old hero,” The Rock shared on Instagram.

“Jacob, I’m gonna fly you and your family out to Vancouver so I can meet you. Hopefully, your little 2yr old brother, Dylan is well enough to fly because I wanna meet him too.”

How great is that?

What an awesome story, and an even more awesome kid. We think Jacob will be allowed plenty of screen time for action hero movies in the future.

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