In late August, we told you about 10-year-old Jacob O’Connor from Roseville, Mich, who saved his 2-year-old brother, Dylan, from drowning and gave credit to The Rock for giving him the inspiration to be so courageous and take action.
According to WXYX-TV, Dylan was floating face down in his grandmother’s swimming pool, and when Jacob found his brother, he pulled him out and performed lifesaving chest compressions.
So, how did he know what to do?
“There was a daughter that was drowning,” Jacob said about The Rock’s 2015 film, San Andreas, “and he [The Rock] had to get her out, and he did the same thing.”
Thankfully, Dylan made a full recovery after spending a day in the hospital, and the story of Jacob’s heroics went viral. Of course, The Rock caught wind of it and gave Jacob a shoutout on social media.
Wow amazing story. Giving you a Twitter 🙌🏾 Jacob for saving your little brother’s life. You’re a real life hero. We’re all proud of you! DJ https://t.co/M34d2NIYIy
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 24, 2017
Then, The Rock took it a step further and invited Jacob, his other brother, Gavin and their mom, Christa, to the set of Skyscraper in Vancouver, where the four hung out for the day.
“I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs.. now get in here,” The Rock posted on Instagram. “Despite the fact I looked like 9 ways of hell, battered and bloodied from my scenes, Jacob reluctantly, gave me a hug.”
The Rock confirmed the fact that Jacob was indeed a huge hero.
“She [Christa] told me that at first she wondered, ‘Wait, I am just calling Jacob a hero because I’m a proud mom and he’s my son? Then I said, no wait.. he IS a real hero for saving his brother’s life”. Amen. Yup, he sure is.
Then the star led the family to the dessert station, where they loaded up on sugar. Before parting ways, The Rock grabbed Jacob to film a video for his 92 million Instagram followers.
“I just want to say, I’m so proud of you,” The Rock said. “It’s such an honor meeting this kid.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O’Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool. I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs.. now get in here. Despite the fact I looked like 9 ways of hell, battered and bloodied from my scenes, Jacob reluctantly, gave me a hug. 😂🤙🏾. A very special day we had on our #Skyscraper set. #JacobOConnor #Hero
Big Rock hugs for mama Christa O’Connor. As you can imagine, she’s so proud of her son and even more, so grateful to have her boys. She told me that at first she wondered “Wait, I am just calling Jacob a hero because I’m a proud mom and he’s my son? Then I said, no wait.. he IS a real hero for saving his brother’s life”. Amen. Yup, he sure is. Thank you so much Christa for flying out to Vancouver to allow us to meet you and your boys, Jacob and Gavin. We had a blast and grateful to have you on our set. #OConnorFamily #ProudMama
Surprise! (mama shedding a few happy tears for her boys) I told Jacob and his brother Gavin that when kids visit my movie sets, it’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory because children get to eat all the chocolate and sweets they want and the best part is…IT’S ALL FREE. Well someone has to pay for it, but it ain’t me or the kids lol. Thank you to our entire #Skyscraper crew for all doing their part to make this visit special for this family. #OnSet #RockWonka #OConnorFamily #SugarRush🍫
Jacob was super nervous and shy the whole time we hung out, so it was fun getting him to laugh and talk. He threw me for an unexpected spin when he showed up on set wearing a shirt that he proudly made with my bull insignia on the front and on the back was the picture of me holding our two puppies, Brutus and Hobbs, after I rescued them from our pool. Seeing that picture on this boy’s shirt, got me in the gut. Eventually, we would lose Brutus to heaven, but it wasn’t the picture of Brutus that made me tear up, it was the fact that this 10yr old kid, had a heart big enough to put our puppies on his shirt after he saved his little 2yr old brother’s life. What a special day. What a special kid. Thanks Jacob for being awesome and for being the kind of person we all aspire to be. ~ DJ
Proof that heroes aren’t only found on movie screens.