How Dwayne Johnson's 'San Andreas' role helped a boy, 10, become a hero

Dwayne Johnson does more than save lives on screen. The Rock helps save real lives.

Johnson was giving big respect Friday to 10-year-old Jacob O’Connor after the Detroit-area youngster helped saved his two-year-old brother Dylan from drowning — using CPR methods he learned from watching Johnson in the action-flick San Andreas.

“This story touched my heart,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

True story, as reported by ABC News in Detroit on Wednesday which Johnson tweeted out. Jacob found his brother face down in his grandmother’s pool and acted quickly. 

“He pulled his little brother out and started CPR & chest compression. He saved little Dylan’s life,” Johnson wrote. “Jacob said he learned how to do this by watching me in his favorite movie, San Andreas.”

“I’m so amazed and impressed by this little 10 yr old boy’s heroic actions and calm instincts in the middle of that kind of emergency distress,” added Johnson.

 

As Jacob himself told the news station about finding his brother in the pool.

“I pulled him out and started giving him compressions,” Jacob said.

Jacob’s description of the scene where Johnson saves his screen daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Andreas is a classic.

“There was an earthquake, then it caused a tsunami and then there was a daughter that was drowning and he had to get her out and he did the same thing,” Jacob said.

Happy endings all around. Dylan was only in the hospital for a day and made a full recovery. His grandmother has installed double locks on the screen doors leading to the pool to keep the kid from wandering out again.

And Jacob is a big hero.

“I now need to shake young Jacob’s hand,” Johnson wrote.

Oh, but Jacob. Don’t get any ideas about flying a rescue helicopter like you saw in San Andreas. Only The Rock controls a bird like that.

 

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