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Rishton boy saves pensioner who broke hip
1:00pm Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
A HEROIC six-year-old boy has been praised for his actions after going to the rescue of his elderly neighbour.
Jacob Carr was riding his bicycle along Westwell Avenue, Rishton, when he heard someone shouting for help from a nearby garden.
He looked down the driveway and saw his 82-year-old neighbour on the floor in the garden calling for help.
Jacob, who attends St Charles’ Primary School in Rishton, immediately pedalled home to tell his mum. She ran to the address and discovered the woman had fallen and broken her hip.
She was taken to hospital for surgery and she is now recovering at home.
Mum, Louise Carr, said: “He was cycling up and down the front when he heard someone shouting. He was someone’s head over the fence in the back garden from down the drive and came to get me.
“He didn’t go and see what was wrong because he had had the police in school the week before talking about stranger danger.
“My neighbour was gardening and had slipped on some soil and fallen and hurt her hip.
“I phoned an ambulance and Jacob helped the paramedics with the blankets and stretcher.
“He took it all in his stride. He was worried about her and kept asking how she was.”
Police and paramedics have also praised Jacob’s actions, saying he had helped to save the lady’s life.
The youngster is also expected to receive a bravery award from the police.
Community beat manager PC Dave Render said: “Jacob knew something was wrong and so immediately ran to get his mum. His quick thinking and thought actions have probably saved her life. He is a real hero.”
Louise said: “Jacob was brilliant. If it hadn’t been for him we would have never known the lady was in trouble. He was very brave and i’m really proud of him.”
Ambulance boss, Peter Mulcahy, said: “Jacob is a little hero and a true paramedic in the making. Lots of children can be quite traumatised when coming across something like this but Jacob did the right thing by keeping calm and getting help.”