In life-or-death situations, quick thinking can mean the difference between triumph and tragedy. One little boy has learned that lesson firsthand.
Xander McPheeters loved working alongside his father. Just 5 years old at the time, he routinely helped his father do yard work and other chores.
One day, however, took an unexpected and terrifying turn. Xander and his father were working in the yard when Xander ran inside to grab a jacket.
That quickly, everything changed. What had been a nice afternoon suddenly turned into an emergency situation.
When Xander returned outside, he found his father unconscious and bleeding from the head. He had been struck by a tree while on his tractor.
Thankfully, Xander didn’t panic. Instead, he knew just what needed to be done.
According to RTV6, Xander recalled, “I just run to help and I shut the tractor off…and my dad wouldn’t wake up.”
After failing to wake his father, he ran next door and told his neighbors about the emergency.
The neighbors in turn called 911, and soon, Xander’s father was airlifted to the hospital.
According to RTV6, he suffered “a bad concussion, multiple broken bones in his arm and a fractured spine.”
Due to the extent of his injuries, Xander’s father remained hospitalized for a week and then had to complete six months of physical therapy.
However, Xander’s mother knows that the situation would have been a lot worse if it were not for her quick-thinking boy.
Not long after rescuing his father, Xander was honored with the Hobies Heroes Award, a local award for heroism. The entire family was present to celebrate Xander and his brave act.
Although recalling the scary situation brought Xander to tears, he was thankful his father was okay.
Xander’s tearful reply when asked about his heroic actions is heartwarming: “I helped him. I love him.”
Thanks to one little boy’s unflinching bravery, a father was able to get the help he needed. Xander proves that you’re never too young to be a hero!
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