If you have ever been involved in a serious road accident, you will understand how difficult it can be to think straight in the aftermath.
Even if you escape injury, shock can be a debilitating outcome, meaning you can no longer act as you would in a normal state of mind.
With all that considered, it makes the actions of 8 year old Joshua Garcia all the more remarkable.
In July, 2013 young Joshua saved his father’s life after they were involved in a car accident while driving through Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
The vehicle slammed into a guardrail, became airborne, flipped and plunged upside down in the middle of the Nashua River at about 3am morning, officials told CBS News at the time.
Fortunately for the two, the car landed on a sand ridge and was only partially submerged.
In complete darkness, Joshua escaped the wreckage, swam through the river, scaled the high embankment onto the road above and scampered barefoot a mile to his home where he had his mother call 911.
‘He is a hero,’ Fitchburg Police Department Officer Paul McNamara told CBS.
‘I’m really proud of him,’ Joshua’s aunt Priscila Columna said, ‘he was brave.’
Alert and trapped in the car when rescuers arrived, the father (Eugenio Garcia) was taken to a local hospital suffering from minor injuries.
An investigation was held into the cause of the accident citing a possible “excessive rate of speed” as a factor.
Family members told CBS Boston that the father drinks massive amounts of energy drinks and doesn’t get much sleep between working a lot and being in the midst of a move.
However, had it not been for the brave actions of his 8 year old son, the outcome for Mr Garcia could have been very different indeed.
[Source: CBS Boston]