After Jacob O’Connor saved his 2-year-old brother Dylan from drowning by using a move he learned from watching a movie starring The Rock, the actor invited him and his family to come join him during filming.
Dwayne Johnson, known as “The Rock,” took the opportunity to personally congratulate the young hero on Tuesday, September 5, saying, “Jacob saved his 2-year-old brother, Dylan who he found facedown in a pool and started giving him chest compressions, and he learned that from a movie I made called San Andreas. I just want to say, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ It’s an honor meeting this kid.”
In the movie, The Rock’s character pulls his unconscious daughter from floodwaters and gives her CPR, first performing it in a collapsing building, then in a boat. After a few tense moments, she spits up water.
Jacob’s explanation of how he reacted when his brother fell in the pool was matter-of-fact. He said he just copied what he’d seen The Rock doing in his favorite movie San Andreas, which he hadn’t seen for a week.
“The movie just popped up in my head and I started thinking about that scene,” he told The Washington Post. “And that’s when I started doing the compressions.”
As Jacob performed CPR, mimicking Johnson’s character, he pushed and pushed until Dylan’s “heart started pumping.” A moment later, Dylan “vomited a little water,” according to The Post.
Johnson was quick to laud praise on the boy. In a tweet, he called him a young hero.
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