There’s no question that kids can do incredible things, but beyond that, even the youngest among us can be heroes. Sometimes, they even save lives. Quick-thinking and brave, here are five kids saving the world, one person at a time.
Bentley Toone, 2, Tucson, AZ
Anyone who’s ever watched a toddler with technology has likely marveled at how well they navigate it. This time, that innate tech savvy saved someone’s life. When Bentley Toone’s mother, Laura Toone, was attacked by a foster dog that nearly bit her finger off, the little boy used the FaceTime app on her iPad to call one of her friends. She heard Laura screaming in the background, and sent help, thanks to Bentley.
Nathaniel Dancy Jr., 5, Newark, NJ
Nathaniel was in the car with his father, Nathaniel Dancy, Sr., when his father became ill and had to stop the car. Though he stopped safely, he had an incapacitating seizure. His son, a kindergartner, rescued them both by calling his grandma, Susan Hardy-Blackman, and using his alphabet skills to spell “F-U-R-N-I-T-U-R-E.” After Nathaniel told Hardy-Blackman they’d just gone through a tunnel, she knew exactly where to send help.
5-Year-Old Girl, OH
An unnamed little girl was with her dad in their yard, building a snow fort, when she told her dad that she smelled smoke. When her father, Lance Masaveg, also smelled something, he went to alert the neighbor. The neighbor, who was also outside, had no idea his house was on fire until he was tipped off by a pint-sized girl.
Kaleb Siebert, 13, Clinton County, IN
When the van they were riding in was hit head-on, Kaleb Siebert, his mother and his four siblings were trapped in the burning wreckage. His mother and the two oldest girls were able to get out on their own, but the youngest, Klarissa, 6, and Kloe, 3, were still inside the flaming van. Kaleb rushed back, released their seat belts, and got them to safety.
Logan Hearn, 9, Joliet, IL
When Logan Hearn’s 2-year-old little brother Brendan was found, face-down, floating in the pool, his mother, Tabitha Hearn, though trained in CPR, was too distraught to administer it. Logan to the rescue. The boy, having just finished a CPR class, applied his new-found skills on his baby brother, actually moving his mother aside so that he could perform it correctly. Logan got Brendan breathing in no time.