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Age 11 Boy Finds Little Girl Buried Alive In Sand Dunes, Starts CPR He Learned by Watching TV


5-year-old Alyssa Bostic was happily playing in the sand at the Marina Dunes when she decided she could fit into a hole inside a small cave she created while digging.

The situation seemed to turn hopeless when the sand cave collapsed on top of her, leaving her completely buried and trapped under the sand.

11-year-old Connor Fitz-Gerald was drawn to the same spot where Alyssa had just been buried alive and quickly realized something was wrong.

When Connor saw a bag which belonged to Alyssa in the sand, he started digging it up only to find that the bag belongs to a little girl buried in the sand!


Connor looked around and saw no adults so he cleared his mind from any distractions and sprang into action.

He even thought about the placement of where he thought her head must be in relation to what he first dug up and decided to make sure her head was cleared first.

He was able to pull her body out of the sand and reminded himself of an episode of NCIS that he saw where CPR was being performed. Instead of panicking at the sight of a lifeless body, he started CPR on Alyssa.

She was unconscious with sand covering her eyes, nose, and mouth, making the situation appear very grim.

Connor’s calmness and quick thinking filled the situation with hope and life in even the most literal sense!

Alyssa’s parents arrived at the scene in horror and quickly called 911. To learn more about this amazing rescue, please watch the video below.

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Paramedics stated that if it were not for Connor, this situation might have been fatal. Thankfully, Alyssa has made a full recovery.

“I am glad he was able to sit back and go, wait a minute something’s going on, there’s not a parent here, I know they’re at least a quarter mile away, I need to do something,” said Connor’s father, Tim Fitz-Gerald.

We are so relieved that Connor appeared on the scene just in time!

Please join us in recognizing Connor for his bravery and determination by sharing this story and letting us know your thoughts on his outstanding act of service to a little girl in need!

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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