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Stephanie's Heroes: Child Saves Elderly Man

August 22, 2011

You can usually find Makale Thacker shooting hoops with his brother and friends, but just a few days ago, while walking to meet his buddies, he saw something that just didn't seem right.

“I saw what looked like a box in the front of the door step, but the door was open. It was some feet,” said the 9-year-old boy.

Those feet belonged to 73-year-old Louis Dubrosky who suffers from diabetes. Dubrosky had passed out and Thacker immediately knew his neighbor needed help.

“I walked over to him and said 'are you okay?'" But Dubrosky was far from okay. “So, I walked over closer to help him up, but I couldn't. I called my brother over to help me lift him up,” said Thacker.

From there the young boy got help, potentially saving Dubrosky's life. As the elderly man recovers at a Charlottesville rehabilitation center he's thankful for what his unlikely rescuer did.

“I don't know how long I would have laid there because in the state I was in I wasn't able to yell help,” he said.

While this rescue may have been a scary situation, it's something Thacker says he would do again if he had the chance because "it's what a good person would do".

At just 9-years-old, neighbors say Thacker is more than just a good person. He's a hero.

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