Boy, 6, Saves Sister from Vicious Dog — and Many More Tales of Very Young Heroes

In a culture that won’t let some 8-year-olds play in their own yards, or get off the school bus and walk home without an adult (this is really common!) it can be hard to remember just how competent young kids can be.

Not that every 5-year-old is ready to run into a burning building (see below), or even throw toy trucks to ward off home invaders (keep on seeing below).

But some kids are! Their brains are more fully formed than adults today realize. And some use their young brains and bravery to save parents, pets, and even pesky siblings. Rather than considering kids as precious puffballs in need of constant supervision, let’s remember that throughout history and to this day, kids are small, smart humans – and sometimes, heroes. For instance:

HERO 6-YEAR-OLD FIGHTS OFF DOG TO SAVE SISTER, SUFFERS 90 STITCHES TO FACE

BOY, 9, SAVES GIRL, 3, FROM POOL DROWNING WHEN HE NOTICED SHE WAS UNDERWATER TOO LONG

4-YEAR-OLD NEW JERSEY GIRL HAILED AS HERO FOR CALLING 911 AND SAVING MOM

5-YEAR-OLD HERO GETS MEDAL FOR SAVING MOM AND BROTHER AFTER CAR WRECK

7-YEAR-OLD SAVES FAMILY FROM ATTACKERS

5-YEAR-OLD BOY GOES BACK INTO BURNING HOUSE, SAVES SEVEN FAMILY MEMBERS FROM HOUSE FIRE: ‘OUR HERO!’

HOW BRAVE 5-YEAR-OLD SAVED FAMILY FROM HOME INVASION BY THROWING TOY TRUCKS AT THE SUSPECTS

7-YEAR-OLD SAVES MOM’S LIFE

BUT WAIT — THERE’S MORE!

8-YEAR-OLD BOY SAVES SISTER FROM CHOKING ON CHICKEN NUGGET

https://6abc.com/luzerne-county-pennsylvania-boy-saves-sister-jaxson-demsey-choking/10460170/

11-YEAR-OLD GIRL DELIVERS BABY BROTHER AFTER MOM GOES INTO LABOR AT HOME

https://www.kptv.com/news/11-year-old-molalla-girl-delivers-baby-brother-after-mom-goes-into-labor-at-home/article_94a27026-a3ce-11eb-821b-6f4e6afe8549.html?fbclid=IwAR2c2_m5p12jNBLUcmmodAGK8NMhXQy2W6knvuJVRU043XB1CpMu219Tfh4

6-YEAR-OLD BOY HAILED A HERO AFTER SAVING SISTER FROM DOG ATTACK

https://abc7.com/bridger-walker-dog-attack-wyoming-nicole/6320108/#:~:text=A%206%2Dyear%2Dold%20boy,and%20latched%20onto%20Bridger’s%20cheek

7-YEAR-OLD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY CRAWLS TO HIS FAMILY’S RESCUE: ‘HE IS OUR HERO’

https://www.foxnews.com/us/cerebral-palsy-crawls-familys-rescue-carbon-monoxide-poisioning

5-YEAR-OLD HERO SAVES HIS BROTHER FROM CHOKING

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxmJnsjss0E

BRAVE BRONZEVILLE 7-YEAR-OLD GETS HERO’S AWARD AND FIREHOUSE TOUR AFTER SAVING HIS MOM’S LIFE WITH A CALM 911 CALL

https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/18/brave-bronzeville-7-year-old-gets-heros-award-and-firehouse-tour-after-saving-his-moms-life-with-a-calm-911-call/

HERO GIRL, 3, TAKES CARE OF HER INFANT BROTHER FOR THREE DAYS AFTER HER PARENTS DIE IN MURDER-SUICIDE

https://www.insider.com/girl-3-kept-baby-brother-safe-after-parent-murder-suicide-in-la-2019-4#:~:text=A%20’hero’%203%2Dyear,their%20parents’%20apparent%20murder%2Dsuicide&text=A%20ghost.&text=A%203%2Dyear%2Dold%20girl,their%20parents’%20murder%2Dsuicide.

AND IN HISTORY:

-NATIVE AMERICAN SACAGAWEA WAS A TEEN WHEN SHE ACCOMPANIED LEWIS AND CLARK NO THEIR EXPEDITION AS INTERPRETER AND GUIDE.

LOUIS BRAILLE ACCIDENTALLY STABBED SELF IN EYE AT AGE 3 WHILE PLAYING IN HIS DAD’S WORKSHOP.  AT 14, WHEN HE WAS AT A SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND, A FRENCH ARMY CAPTAIN DEMONSTRATED A WAY FOR SOLDIERS TO READ ORDERS AT NIGHT. LOUIS THOUGHT: WHY NOT MAKE RAISED DOTS THAT REPRESENT LETTERS?

JACK ANDRAKA WAS A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN. HIS BIO TEACHER WAS EXPLAINING HOW ANTIBODIES BIND PROTEIN TO THE BLOOD. JACK WONDERED IF HE COULD CREATE A WAY TO TEST A DROP OF BLOOD FOR THE PRESENCE OF PANCREATIC CANCER. SHORT ANSWER: YES.

-AT AGE 13, BELIEVING SHE WAS ON A MISSION FROM GOD BUT HAVING NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE, JOAN OF ARC LED THE FRENCH ARMY TO VICTORY AGAINST THE ENGLISH.