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Little Boy Jumps Into Action After Seeing Tragedy About to Strike Little Sister

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A little boy in Mobile, Alabama, donned a Superman costume this week — not an unusual thing for a kid his age to do, but the reason behind it was certainly unusual.

That’s because 6-year-old Kayden Reid is being hailed a true hero near and far after saving his baby sister from getting hit by a car.

On Tuesday, Kayden, his 2-year-old sister Kaycee and their mother Kayla Giles, were at a family get-together.

Kaycee had been in the house with another family member, but Giles said that a miscommunication led to Kaycee wandering out of the house and into the front yard, where Kayden was playing with his hoverboard on the sidewalk.

Thankfully Kayden was there, and thankfully he saw when Kaycee darted out into the street. A car was coming, and Kayden saw that, too.

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The little boy managed to make it out in time to save Kaycee — but he was injured in the process.

“And I seen her and I had to go get her before she got ran over by the car,” he told WALA-TV. “But — but that’s when the car hit me.”


“By the time everybody else saw [Kaycee] … Kayden was right there,” Giles said, according to Fox News. “He ran right into the street to save her … But in the process of getting her out the way, he got hit by the car.

“We’re just thankful that we have both … kids here today.”

Kayden spent a little time at the hospital, but is doing well and is back home. Wanting to do something extra special to recognize their little hero, the family reached out to other local heroes and the fire department showed up at the boy’s house in style.

“The family reached out to us, you know, after we had responded to the scene and transported Kayden as a precautionary measure after he’d been struck by the vehicle[to the hospital],” Public Information Officer Steven Millhouse said.

“The family reached out to us to celebrate this remarkable feat that Kayden accomplished.”

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Kayden got to explore the fire truck that pulled up and has enjoyed the title of “hero” from all who have heard of his bravery.

“My momma called me a hero because I saved my baby sister,” Kayden said.

“He’s definitely a hero,” Millhouse agreed. “He’s got the heart of a hero.

“But as a six-year-old young man, for Kayden to be able to recognize what was happening and react the way that he did … He’s definitely a beacon for our future.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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