Back in August, 10-year-old Jacob O’Connor found his two-year-old brother face down in a pool. He pulled him out and performed CPR, a technique he learned from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the 2015 movie San Andreas. Jacob eventually saved his brother’s life, and now Johnson is showing the kid some love.
Jacob met Johnson on a Vancouver set and the actor documented the meet-up on Instagram. “He’s such a smart kid! I just want to say I’m so proud of you, such an honor meeting this kid,” Johnson said in a video.
In the caption, Johnson brought attention to the shirt Jacob was wearing, which had a picture of Johnson holding his two puppies. The photo was taken when The Rock saved them from drowning in a pool.
“Seeing that picture on this boy’s shirt, got me in the gut,” Johnson wrote. “Eventually, we would lose [the dog] 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.”
“I appreciate you buddy, thank you,” Johnson further said in the video. “And I speak on behalf of the world: We’re so proud of you.” You can check out the clip below.
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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
Johnson is currently shooting Skyscraper in Vancouver and he invited Jacob and his family to the set after learning about their story. In a video following Jacob’s rescue, Johnson said he wanted to shake the hand of a hero. Luckily, his wish was granted.
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This story grabbed my heart. 10yr Jacob O'Connor found his little 2yr old brother, Dylan laying facedown in their pool. He pulled his little brother out and started CPR & chest compressions. He saved little Dylan's life. 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 10yr old boy's heroic actions and calm instincts in the middle of that kind of emergency distress. I now need to shake young Jacob's hand…