Local Boy Saves Another Child from Drowning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Spend even a small amount of time with Jordan Chambers, and it's easy to see he's a natural protector. At only 8-years-old, he carefully watches as his 4-year-old brother plays on the swing set in the backyard.
About a week ago, Jordan was a birthday party at a nearby pool. This is the first summer he's really known how to swim and he knows to stay out of the deeper water. But his instincts kicked in when he saw a younger boy in the four foot area. "He was just going up and down under the water. And I said 'do you need help' and he didn't say anything,” says Jordan.
Jordan's mom, Angela, says she heard her son yell. "I heard Jordan say 'Mom, come here, he's drowning,'” she says.
Before any of the adults even knew there was a problem, 8-year-old Jordan sprang into action. "I just got him and he held onto my back and then my mom got him out of the pool,” he says. His mom says, “I was very proud of him, very proud of him."
The little boy who Jordan rescued coughed up a lot of water, but was OK. Drownings are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in kids. The Centers for Disease Control says for every child that drowns, four others get emergency care for water related injuries.
The birthday party at the pool could have ended much differently had Jordan not been there. FOX Charlotte's Morgan Fogarty asked the little boy, "Do you think you're brave?" He replied, humbly, “Yes.”
Looks like this is just the start of Jordan's bravery. He says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.