The quick thinking actions of 11-year-old Jayden Groves earned him the Heroism Award from the St. Louis Fire Department in Missouri.
“I pulled him out of the water. I put him in the grass and that’s when my family, they did CPR and ran to the fire department and got help,” Jayden told KSDK.
The fire department says it was Jayden’s actions that allowed them to be able to find his 22-month-old brother so quickly and get him the necessary life-saving aid.
On Thursday (January 21), St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson and the city’s Mayor Lyda Krewson honored Jayden.
“We salute Jayden Groves. He. Is. A. Hero!” the department posted to Twitter.
Jayden’s mom Jocelyn Groves and his little brother were in attendance at the ceremony. Jocelyn told KMOV that she was “very proud” of her son.
“My oldest son was honored today for being a hero,” she wrote on Facebook. “Continue being great. If it wasn’t for you my baby wouldn’t be here today,” she added.
“You’re a great kid, very intelligent. Continue to stay on the right path. I’m honored to have you as a son. God is going to take you places.”
Jayden told KSDK he’s thinking about becoming a firefighter in the future.
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