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7-year-old hero rescues his great grandmother

Posted at: 02/18/2013 11:36 PM
Updated at: 02/19/2013 5:23 PM
By: Dan Levy

LEE, MASSACHUSETTS - Seven year old Tyler Wade, of Lee, Mass. called 911 after his grandmother slipped on the ice and couldn't get up, and NewsChannel 13 has the 911 call he made that day. 

A cool, calm, and collected young boy turned his family emergency into a tale of heroism last Tuesday. A medical emergency alone would have been more than enough for anyone to deal with, but after his great grandmother clipped on the ice and couldn't get up, Tyler Wade had a lot to do in a short, critical, and confusing period of time.

But Tyler came through. He also happens to be seven years old.

It was a cold morning on Maple Street. That's where Tyler and his younger brother Cameron typically start their day at their great grandmother's house waiting for the school bus. Last Tuesday, however, things were a little different.

"I remember when my grandma fell down on a pile of ice," Tyler says.

"His first words were, "Are you OK gram?" Ruth Heath recalled. "I said, "Yes, but I think I broke my arm." He said, "Can I call 911?" I said, "Yes you may, please!"

Not only did Tyler rush inside to dial 911, he also managed to get his younger brother onto the school bus, and then, mindful that help was on the way, he grabbed a bucket of rock salt and finished the job his great grandmother began.

"I was sanding," he proudly proclaimed. "(I did it) so that nobody fell like my grandma."

Ruth Heath suffered a broken arm, but she also realizes how fortunate she is that's all she suffered.

"Without the boys there, I might have been there a long time because the snow bank blocks the view from the road where I was down," she says.

While all that was happening, Adam Wade was at work at Dresser-Hull Lumber and Building Supply Co., where co-workers heard the emergency call on the scanner, notified him, and sent him racing home.

"He was stone cold calm the whole time but as soon as I walked in the door he was like, "Dad did I do good?" Adam Wade recalled.

Meanwhile, Lora Wade was with her army reserve unit, and forced to rush home with mixed emotions.

"I was very proud and very sad because grandma had hurt herself," Lora said. "I don't know how he's really going to act in those type of situations because he's never been in a situation like that."

It turns out Tyler remembered the 911 lesson from when a police officer visited his school. He'll also never forget what his great grandmother said to him when he visited her in the hospital, presenting her with a pink rose.

"She said I'm her hero," Tyler proclaimed, saying he feels like one too.

Listen to the 911 call below.