Brave 5-Year-Old Boy Uses the Alphabet to Save His Dad's Life (VIDEO)

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boy save dad It's tough to stay calm in an emergency -- I know more than a few adults who have a hard time keeping a level head when things go haywire. So the way 5-year-old Nathaniel Dancy Jr. responded when his dad got violently ill behind the wheel is nothing short of amazing. Thirty-three-year-old Nathaniel Dancy Sr. was driving his son home from a shopping trip for school shoes when he suffered an aneurysm and stroke. Somehow, miraculously, Nathaniel Sr. managed to pull over -- but he couldn't speak or move. That's when Nathaniel Jr. took over, grabbing his dad's cellphone and calling his grandma, Susan Hardy-Blackman. As soon as Grandma heard that Nathaniel Jr. and his daddy were in trouble, she had one foot out the door (being a grandma and all), but there was one major problem: Nathaniel Jr. had no idea where he and his father were.

Luckily, the little boy had been paying attention in his kindergarten class. When Hardy-Blackman conferenced in his mom, Janel Blackman, and asked him to look around and describe what he saw, Nathaniel Jr. was able to spell out the letters of a nearby sign: F-U-R-N-I-T-U-R-E.

Okay. So now grandma knew there was a furniture store nearby, but that still wasn't enough to go on, which frustrated Nathaniel Jr. to no end. "He said to me, 'Grandma, use your active listening skills!'" said Hardy-Blackman. Then he mentioned that they were close to a tunnel. AHA! Mom and grandma figured out that the car was near a store called Furniture 22 on New Jersey's Route 22, and an ambulance was on the scene in minutes -- most likely saving Nathaniel Sr.'s life. (He's currently in intensive care.)

Nathaniel Jr. doesn't know how sick his dad got in the car or how seriously ill he is now. "He just thought his dad needed help. He’s not aware of the full severity of the situation," said his mom.

But the 5-year-old does know that he was able to help his dad, and that's something he can always be proud of. Also, have I mentioned he has the cutest smile in the entire world? Just watch:

What a sweet kid!

Do you think your kid would know how to describe his surroundings in an emergency?


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tuffy... tuffymama

What a good, smart, quick-thinking little boy! Wonderful! I hope his dad recovers.

blunt... bluntcakes

Love it! What a smart kid, I hope his daddy recovers quickly.

momma... momma_2013

Hope dad recoves soon... good job lil man!!

Belinda Clark

I had a similar situation when my son was six. He and his father were driving down the road when his dad had an ulcer to rupture. He passed out and drove the car into a pond. My son was able to get his dad alert enough to get them out of the car before it was completely submerged under water. They are boh fine now but never underestimate a child's ability to think straight during a frightening situation. My son saved both himself and his dad that day. That little boy should be very proud, I know mine is!!!

Celeste Cline

My then 3yr.old helped out his Grandma(my Mom)when she fell and couldn't get up.  He helped her press her emergency call button she was wearing, and then when the phone rang, he pulled a stool over so he could climb up to reach it.  He answered it and told him that his Grandma was on the floor; gave my Mom the phone; and she explained what happened, and that 'yes', he would be able to answer the front door, wait for the emegency people to tell him who they are, then lead them to where she was.

This may not have been a life threatening situation like above...but, it still makes me proud that he was able to do all this without even being schooled in what to do!

Latanya Ivey

Yay!!! What a smart little boy! I'm proud of him for staying calm and  helping his father.

Melissa Young

What a sweet story on here. What a heroic little man!


Melinda Asch Harper

i'm so very proud of this little boy for staying calm and helping his father out

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